GMC holds first meeting since party leader’s cabinet removal

GMC holds first meeting since party leader’s cabinet removal

The GMC party has held its first meeting since the ouster of its party leader, Mai Ahmad Fatty from the government of President Adama Barrow.

The party, which has been seen as a “one-man party” since its inception attract a handful of supporters after Fatty became the country’s Minister of Interior and took a strong stand against supporters of the ex-President Yahya Jammeh.

Fatty was sacked last week, in a decision by Mr. Barrow that came as a shock to many. Fatty’s dismissal has put to question the survival of his party, which has been pulling behind the UDP, the major stakeholder in Barrow’s regime.

After his dismissal, Fatty has pledged to continue supporting Barrow’s government but said a “better New Gambia will be engendered soon enough,” an indication that the former security minister will be focused on using his short stay in the government to drum up more support for his party.

The party’s regional and constituency committee leaders attended the meeting and planned to spur an assertive campaign to impel support for the party.

GMC did not put up any candidate in April’s legislative polls. It supported the UDP, which won an absolute majority in the elections that denied the then-ruling party the chance to maintain power.

GMC was among seven opposition groups that backed Barrow to defeat former President Yahya Jammeh. Jammeh is now in exile after a two-month long impasse, in which Fatty warned the ex-ruler to step aside or be treated as a rebel.

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