The National Democratic Action Movement has endorsed independent candidate Dr. Isatou Touray in her bid to become the President of the Republic of The Gambia and end President Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year rule of the country.
Juwara said endorsing Dr. Touray is not to make a president but to salvage the nation of fewer than two million people from Mr. Jammeh’s iron-fist rule.
“Every single Gambian today should unite to liberate our country,” said Juwara.
Juwara was a strong critic of President Yahya Jammeh before joining his government as a local government and lands minister. He was released from prison this month after serving six months for abuse of office and negligence. Opposition campaigners say his imprisonment was politically motivated.
Juwara told reporters he wants President Yahya Jammeh out of the State House and have a new government to help build strong and democratic institutions.
Juwara’s party NDAM said it will campaign across the country and engage other opposition groups to secure votes for Touray, 61, who announced her bid for the presidency early this month.
In a letter to Dr. Touray, NDAM said it will strive to convince all political parties that Touray’s candidature is in the best interest of the nation.
Opposition parties are holding unity talks in hopes to unite under one candidate.
“Your transitional stand should be acceptable to all parties,” said NDAM. “We hope and pray that all in the struggle should accept your honorable offer to free the country once and for all.”
Opposition parties have until the end of October to secure a deal and have until the first week of November to present a candidate to the electoral commission.
The Gambia will be holding presidential votes this winter and President Yahya Jammeh is seeking a fifth mandate. Rights groups have accused his regime of rights violations and are calling for targeted sanctions on his administration.