EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: The chairperson of Gambia’s Coalition 2016 and now vice president, H.E Madam Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang, has confirmed that the term limit discussed among the Coalition partners for their presidential candidate to serve is three years. The Vice President was addressing thousands of Gambians at a mass celebration in Tallinding held over the weekend to mark the one year anniversary since the coalition’s ascension to power after ousting longtime ruler former President Jammeh in last year’s presidential election.
This is the first time a senior member of the Coalition has commented on the issue since UDP leader, now Foreign Affairs Minister Ousainou Darboe controversially suggested that no such agreement was signed. It could be recalled that his deputy party leader Aji Yam Secka earlier this year made a similar statement confirming she signed the agreement on behalf of their party at a time when Darboe was in prison before later retracting her statement and accused Eye Africa TV of misquoting her.
Further commenting VP Tambajang said the Coalition will enter into “family discussions” among themselves and the people to ask for their understanding to stretch the term limit to five years since that is what’s stipulated in the Constitution. “After that, we will leave everything to God from whom we ask for good guidance for President Barrow to lead this country to prosperity’’.
The Coalition agreement has drawn so much attention and diverse views since the issue was recently raised. Critics have accused coalition leaders of not considering the constitution when making their agreement as it clearly states a 5 year term for President after which general elections will be held.
One of the leading figures in the Coalition Hon. Halifa Sallah earlier this year challenged the UDP Leader and anyone denying that Coalition leaders agreed on a 3-year term limit to a debate on national television. Sallah went on to say that his party (PDOIS) will have no qualms if Barrow chooses not to honor the agreement as the constitution is the supreme law of land.