Gambia’s Adama Barrow has expressed Monday his willingness to support the restoration of presidential term limits as he presides over the swearing in ceremony of members of the Constitutional Review Commission.
“I hold the view that a two-term limit for head of state should be entrenched in the new constitution,” said President while addressing members of the commission who took their oath of office and secrecy at a ceremony held under State House’s Grand Tent in Banjul.
The tiny West African nation is emerging from the shadows of two-decade long dictatorship by the Jammeh regime. Gross human rights violations became the hallmark of the previous government, which mounted repeated attacks on the Judiciary and the Legislature.
Barrow reiterated his commitment to right the wrongs of the past in making sure Gambians will have a Constitution that will stand the test of time.
The presidential term-limits was removed in 2005 by ex-dictator Jammeh in what many observers have described as a ‘blatant attempt to cement his power.’ He also replaced the two-round system with a single round system, paving the way for the former governing party to be able to win elections with a simple majority.
Justice Minister Aboubacarr Tambadou who spoke to this reporter welcomed the move taken by President Barrow to endorse two-term limits for head of state.
“I believe it is what the generality of Gambians want,” he said.
He went further to say that the announcement made by the Gambian leader demonstrates his commitment to building a New Gambia based upon the highest standards of democracy, democratic norms and values.
“The ball is now in the court of the Constitutional Review Commission to ensure that it is reflected in our new constitution,” he added.
Written by Abdoulie JOHN