APRC parliamentarians: We will not allow another dictator to emerge

APRC parliamentarians: We will not allow another dictator to emerge

Lawmakers in Gambia have pledged to support democratic governance and never to allow another dictatorship again after been pressured to resigned.

The APRC- and Jammeh-back parliament extended the former President Yahya Jammeh’s mandate to help him regain control by authorizing a state of emergency.

Citizens described their act as “treasonous” and urged them to quit their job before their mandate expires this spring.

Gambian lawmakers supported Mr. Jammeh by passing repressive laws to curtail the rights and liberties of Gambians. They have defended his actions including the killing of nine prisoners.

The minority leader of the parliament, Samba Jallow accused parliamentarians of trying to subvert the will of the people to secure enough time to receive their gratuity of about US$12,000.

Fabakary Tombong Jatta, the majority leader denied the allegation and said the state of emergency was authorized in the best interest of Gambians.

Parliamentarians voted on Tuesday to reverse their decision, rescinding the state of emergency and revoking the extension of former President Yahya Jammeh’s mandate.

APRC sponsored National Assembly Members are likely to lose in the polls after strongman President Yahya Jammeh fled to Equatorial Guinea.

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