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Gambians Warned Against Renewing Jammeh’s Mandate

Sidia Jatta
Monday, November 21, 2011
(Daily News) Opposition parliamentarian, Sidia Jatta warned Gambians against renewing the mandate of Gambian president Yahya Jammeh, who is having a firm grip on power since he assumed office through a coup in 1994.
“President Jammeh made Gambians voiceless and to live in a state of fear, desperation and abject poverty,” said the veteran politician, whose party, NADD is backing independent candidate, Hamat Bah.
Jatta, one of the five opposition parliamentarians in the National Assembly was addressing supporters in the villages of Nioro Jataba, Jappineh and Dongoroba in the Lower River region of Gambia.

Sidia said: “Every year, 4.5 billion dalasi goes into government’s coffers and, yet still, 71% of the country’s population is living in poverty.
“Most of the development projects implemented by the Jammeh administration are either funded by loans or charity.
“Gambians are faced with a lot of hardship; no freedom of speech and no one can exercise his or her rights as a citizen,” added Sidia.
“The entire problem Gambia is faced with is caused by the APRC government, and it is time to remove them from power, and vote in someone who can restore democracy and rule of law in The Gambia.
That right someone, he said is Hamat Bah.

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