EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: National Assembly has adjourned President Adama Barrow’s 2019 State of the Nation (SoN) to October 3 following the non-appearance of the president or his representative as requested in their Wednesday session.
Deputies unanimously agreed to suspend their Monday slated session to Wednesday, in a 24 to 11 vote, demanding that the president, his vice or a representative from the executive must be present before they can debate on the President’s last Thursday address. Vice president, Dr. Isatou Touray is currently in New York where she is representing the president at the 74th United Nations General Assembly.
On Wednesday, speaker Mariam Jack-Denton informed the Deputies that the Office of the President has communicated to her office on informing that the vice president, who is mandated under Section 77 (3) of the Constitution to answer to matters relating to the president at the Assembly is currently away on an official mission.
She invoked clause 9 (1) of the standing orders to adjourn the Assembly session until tomorrow Thursday and subsequently suspended the President’s State of the Nation address debate until Thursday, 3rd October, during which the vice president is expected to attend.
Earlier on Monday, Deputies invoked Section 77 (2) of the Constitution on a motion requesting the attendance of the president or the vice president to the sitting on Wednesday but the Office of the President said the vice president was away in New York where she is attending the 74th UN General Assembly.