By Patience Loum, Banjul, The Gambia – Saturday, November 30, 2019.
The United Democratic Party has expelled eight lawmakers from its lists in the National Assembly over suspicion they’re now supporting President Adama Barrow, formerly a member of the party, National Telegraph has gathered.
The party submitted reports to the National Assembly notifying them of the expulsion of 8 lawmakers from their party on Monday, November 25, 2019.
Reports say the National Assembly was compelled to make changes in the sitting arrangements, separating the 8 expelled members from other UDP parliamentarians.
Gambia’s House Speaker, Mariam Jack Denton notified other lawmakers on UDP’S decision, adding her office received a letter from the opposition party explaining that the expelled members are no longer representing their party in the lawmaking body.
Fatoumatta Jawara, Alagie Jawara, Billay Tunkara, Abdoulie Ceesay, Saikouba Jarju, Saikou Marong, Baba Galleh Jallow and Omar Darboe were representing the party at the National Assembly until their expulsion with reports stating their loyalty lies in the President Adama Barrow.
The United Democratic Party (UDP) on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, called on the President of The West African country to comply with the initial agreement of three (3) years of political ruling which will end this December 2019, and step down.
On December 1, 2016, seven different political parties came together to form a coalition against former President, Yahya Jammeh who refused to step down after 22 years of serving as president of the West African country.
President Adama Barrow was chosen by the United Democratic Party as the party’s flag bearer and was backed by the coalition at the presidential elections but only after he pledged to rule for only three years.
Barrow has now astonishingly changed his mind and has said he will serve for five years ‘whether one likes it or not, a move that has sparked a bitter political row.