GAMBIA

Mr. Ousainou Darboe : United Democratic Party (UDP) is not organizing a protest for ( 3 years Jotna ) Movement

The secretary general and leader United Democratic Party (UDP) .Lawyer Ousainou Darboe has dismissed in a press statement on Friday 17 / 05 / 2019 on the rumor that the party is preparing for a protest as the 3-year proposed term that coalition leaders agreed with President Adama Barrow coming to finish .

The streets were full with rumors that members of the UDP were preparing to stage a protest demanding for President Barrow to step down after 3 years, as agreed with the Coalition members.

Mr. Barrow and his coalition members had campaigned for a 3-year term, for anyone who became president before they can all return to their various parties for another election but since he came to power in 2016, President Barrow changed his position and declared intention to finish the 5 years mandate as dictated by the country’s constitution.

The 3-year team debate led to the creation of a movement call “3 years Jotna” meaning after 3 years Mr. Barrow term will will end . The movement say it will take the protest to the streets to demand for Mr. Barrow to respect the agreement and step dawn .

In the statement, Mr. Darboe said UDP is not organizing any political event or gathering in any part of the country, contrary to the rumors and allegations that it is organizing a protest. “UDP is a responsible and mature political party and not a protest movement. Whenever political events are organized, the party ensures that all the necessary permits are obtained in good time.”

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