PDOIS: No Coalition agreement could force Barrow to serve 3 or 5-year term

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EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS) said on Wednesday that Gambian Constitution that guarantees President Barrow to remain in office for a five-year term is the same Constitution that provides for his resignation before the end of his five-year term.

In a press release on the state of ‘play’ of the Coalition 2016 agreement, the socialists party said the only role that Coalition members could play is to ask Mr Barrow to honour the 3 years agreement and if he should refuse, it is mandatory for him to abide by the five-year limit. “Once he assumed office, no Coalition agreement could force him to serve a three year or five-year term.”

There have been divergent views and argument among the 8-member coalition parties that brought President Adama Barrow to power in the 2016 general election, whether to maintain their 3-year mandate agreement for the president or to allow him to the 5 years constitutional mandate.

Several people and pressure groups have been calling on Mr Barrow to respect the agreement he had with the Coalition 2016 and step down at the end of his three years in office, this December.

Last month, some of the coalition member-parties, except PDOIS and United Democratic Party (UDP) announced they have agreed to extend President Barrow’s social legitimacy from the agreed 3-year to a 5-year mandate.

“Section 63 of the Constitution provides for a five-year term while Section 65 of the same Constitution provides for resignation of the president before the end of his five-year term,” PDOIS said in the release.

It says it become futile for any group to announce that they are giving Mr Barrow a term that is already provided by the Constitution. “We therefore hope that the statement made by the Vice President on behalf of the President, that he has long decided, along with his cabinet to serve a five-year term since his first cabinet meeting, confirms the current position of the president,” the release added.

During a meeting with West Coast Region council of elders at State House in August, Mr Barrow was quoted as saying that except that if he make his decision and later change, his mandate is five years and he will complete it because there are unfinished works he needed to complete.

The PDOIS party claimed that they have not received any clarification on the matter from the Coalition chairperson Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang, saying they will rely on this position to prepare its tactics and strategies for the n

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