The Gambia votes for new National Assembly Members

The Gambia votes for new National Assembly Members:A woman wearing a t-shirt depicting the image of President Adama Barrow, The Gambia, West Africa, Image ©Jason Florio

Saturday 9th April 2022: After Gambians went to the polls to vote for a new National Assembly, President Adam Barrow called on the 53 newly elected National Assembly Members to work together and promote the country’s interests.

“He (Barrow) will look at consolidating his power, at legitimising the executive imbalance that Jammeh left and that he inherited, and look at consolidating his influence in order to make arbitrary decisions to leverage access to public resources.” Jeggan Johnson of the Open Society Foundation’s Africa Governance Monitoring and Advocacy Project/AlJazeera

His National People’s Party (NPP) won only 19 out of the 53 seats, while the main opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) won 15 seats. Five seats were won by Independent candidates backed by former Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh, who has been in exile in Equatorial Guinea since January 2017.

UDP Leader, Oussainou Darboe, addresses his supporters, contesting the presidential election results, December 5th, 2021, The Gambia. Image © Jason Florio

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