Draft paper on Gambia’s new Constitution presented to President Barrow

Draft paper on Gambia’s new Constitution presented to President Barrow

Gambia’s Attorney General has presented a draft paper for a new constitution for a third republic to President Adama Barrow, paving the way to trashing what was deemed the Jammeh playbook.

The Barrow administration has recommended several amendments to the 1997 Constitution, which was tailored to entrench Jammeh and changes made to spur oppression.

The 1997 Constitution, which Barrow supporters call ‘the toilet paper” helped Jammeh and his security forces reign decades of brutality and extensive human rights violations.

So far, there have been changes to the retirement age and removal of upper age limit for holding office as President.

When Barrow first came to power, he signed into law partial electoral reforms that have reverted the fee for those seeking to become parliamentarians and local government officials.

The highlight of the new Constitution is the introduction of presidential term limits and impending media law reforms.

The government has already conceded that the century-old sedition law should be axed, telling the Supreme Court it violates the right to freedom of expression.

The former regime-backed parliament had continuously made changes to the Constitution, tailoring it to fit Jammeh. Several laws were passed protecting Jammeh’s loyalists in the army from facing prosecution for cracking down on dissenting voices.

Jammeh’s APRC lost its majority stake in the Spring parliamentary polls. The United Democratic Party won an absolute majority, giving President Barrow the support he needs to have most laws passed with ease.

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