Ousainou Darboe denies dividing coalition group

Ousainou Darboe denies dividing coalition group

Gambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Ousainou Darboe has denied allegations that he has disrupted the unity of the coalition group that brought President Adama Barrow to power.

Darboe’s UDP party has gone into a tactical alliance with two other political parties to contest the parliamentary polls next month.

Mr. Darboe said the coalition agreement, which was made while he was jailed by former President Yahya Jammeh, did not have any agreement regarding legislative polls.

“53 independent candidates from the coalition in the parliament will cause chaos,” he said.

Darboe emphasized the institutionality of his political party, which is the Gambia’s second largest party and says those that betrayal the coalition is by “those who refused to accept cabinet appointments and want Barrow to resign in three years.”

Critics of the longtime opposition leader say his absence during coalition talks made led to the success of the having the coalition to challenge Jammeh in the polls.

Deep differences in political ideologies between Darboe and Barrow’s adviser on governance, Halifa Sallah continue to have ripple effects on how the political parties will forge ahead as a united front to win a majority seat mainly against APRC and the UDP.

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