Government Seeks to Extend State of Emergency for Three Months

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: As the COVID-19 pandemic situation continue to surge around the world like wildfire, Gambia’s National Assembly is expected to convene a session this Thursday, to look into government’s request to extend the state of public emergency to 90 days.

President Adama Barrow proclaimed the State of Public Emergency on Friday, in accordance with the 1997 Constitution through which he ordered for scaling down of government operations and reduction in the number of passengers in the transport sector.

Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Abubacarr M Tambedou is expected to table the motion seeking the approval of the National Assembly to extend the State of Public Emergency to 90 days. In first address of the nation on the situation of the global health-threatening disease, president Barrow decreed for all schools to be locked-down for a period of twenty-one days which may now be extended.

Although the National Assembly has suspended all sessions in accordance with the ban on public gathering, the demand from central government is enough to reconvene the Assembly into chamber on Thursday.

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