Gambia’s opposition coalition talks stagnant; nation’s hope hanging in the balance

Gambia’s opposition coalition talks stagnant; nation’s hope hanging in the balance

Talks by Gambia’s opposition parties to form a coalition and select a standard bearer for the forthcoming December presidential elections is stagnant with unending adjournments without any genuine reason.

The talks which resumed Tuesday at the Kairba Hotel was adjourned again to Friday, October 14th 2016 without an update to Gambians on the level of progress made during the past weeks of intensive negotiations.

The talks between UDP, GDC, NRP, PDOIS, NCP, GMC and an Independent hopeful 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 President Jammeh to end his 22 years iron fist rule.

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

The Tuesday gathering was adjourned at the request of the United Democratic Party (UDP) and Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) to consult their leaders and update them on the level of the talks.

UDP representative Alhagie Darboe said he could not informed his party about the level of progress made in the talks because 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(s) 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’ according to political surrogates.

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