Critics Warn Of Possible Unrest If Jammeh’s Party Joins Gov’t

Anger and disappointment in the Gambia after the announcement of the unlikely coalition between the party of former leader YahyaJammeh and that of his successor Adama Barrow, seeking a new mandate in December.

Human rights defenders see this as a betrayal to the victims of YayahJammeh’s 20 years of rule. A sentiment shared by Hamid Adiamoh, Editor-in-Chief of the NewDay newspaper in the Gambia.

The agreement stipulates that Jammeh’s APRC party will be part of Adama Barrow’s next government after the December 4 elections. The party’s spokesman also spoke of a possible return of its leader.

Hamid Adiamoh says Barrow would be completely mistaken to bring in someone as domineering, as overbearing as YayahJammeh into the country so soon. Critics fear that the alliance between the APRC and the NPP will deny victims their right to justice.

Hamid also added that the APRC members need to be able to convince APRC voters that they are negotiating for the return of YayahJammeh in order to win their votes. And once the election is over and Barrow is back as president, everybody is going to forget about YayahJammeh.

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