EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: In a press release shared on Wednesday, The Peoples’ Progressive Party (PPP) explained the rationale of its position to support the extension of President Adama Barrow’s mandate from three to five years.
The party said the fact that coalition 2016 and Gambians came together to save the country from the dangers of instability and its incalculable consequences, the coalition is to be blamed for its weakening including President Barrow, stating that more effort could have been inserted to ensure the implementation of the 2016 coalition MOU activities.
The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is a moderate political party in The Gambia. It was the dominant ruling party from 1965 with President Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara. He was elected for a sixth term of office in 1992, but was overthrown in a coup by young army officers in 1994. The party was banned from the 1996 and 1997 elections.
It urged president Barrow to complete his commitment before the upcoming elections, such as to complete the Security Sector Reform, complete the constitutional review, act on the recommendations of the TRRC, complete the much needed civil service and judicial reforms and undertake and complete the land and Asset recovery commission.
The party further advised the president to review the present cabinet and appoint a government of technocrats after due consultation with all the coalition 2016 members.
It also called on the Inspector General of Police to grant the three years jotna movement permit to protest if requested, while urging the movement to adhere to the letter and spirit of the permit to be granted to them.