2016 is a memorable year which will go down in the annals of history as an year full of surprises. What many had thought was impossible has been happening.
It was said that the opposition can never be united but the opposition did respond to the demands of the people to form a coalition. When the coalition was formed the people took ownership and the enormity of the support was just unbelievable to many.
It was also contemplated that it was impossible to defeat President Jammeh at the polls and venturing into such an exercise was futile, but President Jammeh was defeated at the polls by 51,000 votes.
It was also anticipated that when defeated at the polls President Jammeh will not concede but he has conceded defeat and has promised a smooth transition.
The regime of President Jammeh will soon be no more and a new regime headed by President Elect Barrow will usher in a new era. It is evident from the expression of the people that expectations are high and the new regime must be ready to work. This is the very beginning of a new era that the people hope will bring them liberty and prosperity. They do not want a simple change of face.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
WHEN WILL THE PRESIDENT ELECT TAKE OVER FROM THE PRESIDENT
According to section 63 of the Constitution the term of office of the president is five years. President Jammeh was sworn into office on 19 January 2012 after the November 2011 presidential election which he won by a landslide. Five years from 19 January 2012 is 19 January 2017. Hence according to the Constitution the president elect, Adama Barrow should be sworn in on 19 January 2017. Until then President Jammeh remains president and retains all the powers of a president. This includes the release of prisoners.
By Kebba Jeffang
The people of The Gambia on Thursday, 1st December, 2016 voted for Adama Barrow in a contested presidential election ending the 22 year regime of Yahya Jammeh.
Mr. Barrow was declared winner by the Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) midday on Friday after polling 263,515 votes from the electorate. Continue reading
By Kebba Jeffang
At the press conference held at the UN House in Cape Point in Bakau on Saturday evening, 3rd December, 2016, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, special representative of the United Nations Secretary General for West Africa and the Sahel assured continuous commitment from the global body in ensuring peaceful transfer of power from the outgoing president, Yahya Jammeh to the incoming president Adama Barrow. Continue reading
After being elected President of the Republic of the Gambia by the people of the Gambia on Thursday, 1stDecember, 2016, Adama Barrow had an exclusive interview with Foroyaa Newspaper’s Kebba Jeffang on Sunday December 4th on issues of election, handing over from the current President Yahya Jammeh who served for 22 years, plans for agriculture development, international relation, the economy and irregular migration.
His election made him the 3rd president of the Gambia. He is the first president of the country to change a regime through the ballot box. Below is the full interview. Continue reading