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Gambia: Not much hope for a desperate nation as opposition coalition talks suffer another setback

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By Alhagie Jobe

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The ongoing talks by Gambia’s opposition parties to form a coalition and select a standard bearer for the forthcoming December presidential elections have been adjourned again to Friday, October 14th 2016 at 4pm.


The Gambia goes to the polls in December with incumbent President Yahya Jammeh seeking for a fifth mandate.

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The talks by the opposition parties namely UDP, GDC, NRP, PDOIS, NCP, GMC and the Independent have been ongoing for the past weeks as the nation hangs its last hope on them to rescue the country by selecting a single opposition candidate to lead the pack and face incumbent Jammeh to end his 22 years iron fist rule.


The Tuesday gathering was adjourned at the request of the United Democratic Party (UDP) and Gambia Moral Congress (GMC) to consult their leaders and update them on the level of the talks. There was no other reason advance or any update at the level progress made so far in the negotiations which have been ongoing for the past weeks.

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UDP representative Alhagie Darboe said he could not informed his party about the level of progress made in the talks so far as the party was engaged on a nationwide tour. He apologized for any inconvenience.


The Gambia Democratic Congress Party of Mama Kandeh was represented by one Yusupha Jaiteh while Independent Candidate Dr Isatou Touray was neither personally present nor represented at the Tuesday talks. No reason where advance until the end of the day.


Last week, all the political parties unanimously agreed on the method of selecting a single candidate in the December presidential polls. The method is ‘Convention.”


Meanwhile, Aunty Fatoumatta Tambajang speaking at the Coalition talks on Tuesday reminded everyone to remember that a party is not constituted by only one individual.




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