The Gambia’s first female presidential hopeful has suspended her campaign and joined a coalition of seven opposition parties to endorse Adama Barrow, who was elected at a convention to lead a unity group in hopes to defeat Jammeh at the polls.
On December 1, Gambians will decide either to renew Jammeh’s rule by handing him a fifth mandate or select a new government.
Touray, who has updated her campaign Facebook page cover photo with a “Vote for Adama Barrow” poster, announced Friday that she endorsed Barrow to lead the coalition with a sense of patriotism and humility.
Touray’s campaign said she came into opposition politics as a unifier. Opposition groups have for long called for an independent candidate since decades-long efforts of party-led coalition failed.
“I see nothing but the Gambia – a Gambia that will thrive on the principles of democracy, human rights, and fundamental freedom; a Gambia, with good and strong institutions, that will work and thrive on policies and principles of good governance that will benefit all of us,” she said.
Touray is a women’s rights activists and her coming into the country’s politics energized new voters and a new grassroots campaign that has put the needed pressure on opposition politicians to unite.
Her campaign said suspension of her presidential bid is a show of leadership after claims of information withholding and discrimination was settled in a talk. Her campaign said her candidature is driven by a strong sense of patriotism and historic duty as a mother, a woman, a worker, human rights activist and above all a citizen who has witnessed the untold misery and deprivation that The Gambian people have been subjected to over the past 22 years.
“I call on all of us to firmly stand behind this unity candidate under this coalition and seek the transformation of our country with a deep sense of urgency and love for the country,” Touray said.