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Gambia president launches own party after rift with ruling coalition


<p>Gambian President Adama Barrow earlier this week launched his own political party in the capital, Banjul, confirming what political watchers had predicted for the West African country.</p> <p>The move frees him from the coalition that helped him win the presidency three years ago in the country. The coalition achieved a shock victory over long serving Yahya Jammeh, currently exiled in Equatorial Guinea.</p> <p>The president has formally registered the new party, the National People’s Party (<span class="caps">NPP</span>), with the Independent Electoral Commission, making him the leader and secretary of the party.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A new political party is born under the leadership of H. E. Adama Barrow. Democracy at work!!! <a href="https://t.co/WN7HC3PElO">pic.twitter.com/WN7HC3PElO</a></p>— Gambia MoveOn (@GambianMDD) <a href="https://twitter.com/GambianMDD/status/1212166078660595713?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 1, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The announcement comes as relations between Barrow and his former party, the country’s largest party, the United Democratic Party (<span class="caps">UDP</span>), have deteriorated. He fired party leader and veep at the time Ousainou Darboe over differences in 2019.</p> <p>Two weeks ago, thousands of demonstrators demanded that he step down after three years as he pledged in an informal agreement amongst coalition members. The constitution grants him five-year term.</p> <p>He was sworn in on January 19 2017, when Yahya Jammeh resigned and went into exile after a regional political-military intervention.</p>
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