Notable diaspora activist to start new political party

A Gambian activist and longtime fighter for democratic change in the West African country has hinted he is molding a new political party, the like of which exists nowhere else in Africa.

Mathew Jallow on Tuesday said he may be forming a new political party to push for system change in his native country just seven months into the ouster of a dictatorial regime he fought for 22 years.

“It’s true that we have collectively navigated one of the biggest impediments in African politics, but regime change is one a small, but significant slice of the political and economic changes The Gambia so badly needs,” Jallow said.

Jallow’s new Social Democratic Party seems to be drawing inspiration from Sweden’s Olaf Palmer, West Germany’s Willy Brandt, and Canada’s Pierre Trudeau and pledges to put the people first.

The announcement came as frustration towards the unity government of Adama Barrow grows. Youths are growing impatient amid high expectations for the regime that inherited a nearly insolvent nation.

But Jallow says such is the reason why the idea for his party is to “bring about rapid development, run a corruption free government, provide opportunities to everyone Gambian citizen regardless of tribe or political affiliation.”

The new SDP party’s foreign policy can be easily detected from Jallow’s announcement. He is seeking closer ties with Scandinavian countries and the African nation of Botswana.

Jallow has also vowed to ensure diversity in the party and declared to work to make tribalism and economic crimes unattractive and repulsive.

The Social Democratic Party will be the third party to be formed since the ouster of ex-dictator Yahya Jammeh. Gambia already has nine registered political parties, seven of which are part of its coalition government.

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