The President of the Republic of the Gambia, Adama Barrow, officially launched the National Peoples Party (NPP) on Saturday. It was during a meeting held in the middle of a pandemic, at the stage of the Independence of Bakau and broadcast by public television.
Gambia President Adama Barrow, 55, launched his party on Saturday in preparation for the presidential election in December 2021. Although he has not yet made his candidacy official, many observers believe that doubt is no longer allowed as to the intentions of the tenant of the State House. “This new party, the National People’s Party (NPP), represents the present and the future, and is there for all Gambian citizens as part of a new political consciousness and leadership. It is the party of all categories of people, based on the concept of true democratic and patriotic Gambian citizenship,” said Adama Barrow.
The Gambian Head of State made a commitment to his allies to relinquish power after three years of transition and to organize a new election in which he could not run. But, apparently, he did an about-face. “The reality is that I can’t let you down and I can’t betray your trust,” he said on Saturday in front of a crowd he won over to his cause.
Between December 2019 and January 2020, the Gambia’s population, which was united by the Three Years Jotna movement, turned around with a backlash. The United Democratic Party of the historic opponent Ousseinou Darboe went further by putting an end to his companionship with the President of the Republic. There were even demonstrations marked by clashes and dozens of arrests.
As a reminder, in 2016, Adama Barrow, supported by a coalition of seven opposition parties, had driven out of power Yahya Jammeh, who ruled the country since his 1994 coup d’état.