Gambia’s National Assembly on ECOWAS mediation efforts

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Gambia’s National Assembly On Monday convened in an Extra-Ordinary Session to pass motion commending the efforts by the sub-regional body, ECOWAS, in resolving the post electoral impasse in the country.

The motion that made up of 23 points was moved by Hon. Fabakary Tombong Jatta, Majority leader and APRC NAM for Serrekunda East.

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“I rise to move that this august Assembly do consider and adopt this resolution, commending and appreciating the good efforts of the authority of heads of states and government of the ECOWAS to peacefully settle the post-election impasse in The Gambia,” Hon. Fabakary T Jatta said.

The resolution amongst other things condemned the country’s electoral body for being responsible for the post electoral impasse in the country. It also called on the ECOWAS heads of States and Governments to quickly provide judges to constitute the Supreme Court. It further called to respect the sovereignty of the Gambia.

Hon. Abdoulie Saine, member for Banjul Central seconded the motion.”The whole Gambia is in this house as we are representing the whole country” he said.

The NAM for Banjul Central condemned the Senegalese government for not acting as good neighbours. He also condemned the AU Security Council for what he called ‘threatening the stability of the country’. “I condemned the Senegalese Government and AU Security Council. Their actions are totally against the sovereignty of our country,” he said.

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At that juncture, the Speaker of the Assembly advised him to limit himself to the context of the subject.

Meanwhile, there were several other contributions from the floor.

The session also witness the swearing-in of the new nominated National Assembly Member, Hon. Abdou Jarju, former NAM for Kombo Central, replacing Hon. Seedy Njie, who has since been appointed Minister of Information and Communication.

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