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Gambia’s President Barrow to launch his own political party in 2020

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Adama Barrow accepts minister's resignation, appoints new man

Gambian President Adama Barrow will launch his own political party early next year, according to an official of a movement named after him.

Speaking in an interview aired on Star FM radio on Monday, 18 November 2019, Essa Dampha of the Barrow Youth Movement said the Gambian leader will form his own party as early as January 2020, a year before the country heads to presidential election. 

Barrow, was elected to the presidency as an independent candidate, having resigned from the United Democratic Party shortly before running against then incumbent Yahya Jammeh.

However, in the weeks and months following his shock election victory, he had left Gambians in no doubt that his loyalty was with the UDP.

Through the course of this year, estranged relations with the UDP had quickly followed the sacking of its leader, Ousainou Darboe, as the country’s vice-president. Other members of the party, who were cabinet ministers, were also sacked.

Darboe recently issued a statement on behalf of the party demanding that President Barrow respect his word about standing down after three years. This is a promise he had made while leading an opposition coalition during the election campaign of 2016.

In October 2019, what was left of the coalition announced that Barrow would go for a full five-year term as constitutionally mandated.

In recent months, sharp divisions have emerged between Gambians who had opposing views on the presidency. While some felt that President Barrow should be allowed to complete a full five-year term, others were sympathetic to the Three Years Jotna Movement, which has not hidden its intentions to shoot down his bid to go beyond three years. 

– APA