The Gambia’s main opposition party, the United Democratic Party (UDP), accused the country’s president, Adama Barrow, of attempting to “perpetuate” himself in power on Thursday following Parliament’s decision to reject the draft constitution.
“If we do not see the beginning of the beginning of a dictatorship, we will certainly see the rapture of the self-sustaining mandate,” said UDP Secretary General Ousainou Darboe, according to the Gambian newspaper “Chronicle”.
He has declared that Barrow, who was supported by the UDP – of which he was a member until 2016 – as a candidate for opposition unity against former President Yahya Jamé in the 2016 elections, “wants to be in power for 15 years”. . “He got his people to put an end to this project (the constitution) that cost the people 116 million dalasis (about 266,000 euros),” he criticized.
“I think it gives the Gambian people a lot to explain why the money went down the drain as a result,” he said. “If he hadn’t believed in the work of the Constitutional Review Commission, he shouldn’t have done it and used that money for socio-economic development,” he added.