UNEXPECTED POLITICAL ALLIANCE IN GAMBIA AS BARROW AND JAMMEH UNITES FOR DECEMBER POLL

Barrow and Jammeh

ADAMA BARROW AND YAHYA JAMMEH FORMS POLITICAL ALLIANCE

■ Gambian President Adama Barrow and former leader Yahya Jammeh have formed a political alliance ahead of the December 4th elections, putting to test the incumbent’s commitment to justice and human rights .

Jammeh’s Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) party will support President Barrow’s National Peoples Party (NPP) at the ballot.

Jammeh, who ruled the Gambia for 22 years, was forced to resign after losing a 2016 vote to Barrow, who is now expected to run for re-election, despite an earlier agreement to step down after three years.

Gambian human rights groups and victims’ associations have characterized the merger as a betrayal, after the government promised to hold Jammeh accountable for alleged rights abuses.

What do you make of that statement by human rights groups and victims’ associations? ●

[ DW ]

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