Gambia: Opposition party declines to expel former strongman

Gambia: Opposition party declines to expel former strongman

The new leader of the Gambia’s former ruling party says the ex-autocratic ruler, Yahya Jammeh’s member of the now opposition party would not be revoked.

Jammeh’s former Chief of Staff and APRC former Secretary General, Momodou Sabally sparked calls for the ex-ruler’s expulsion from the party if the party wants to be taken seriously.

The new APRC leader, Fabakary Tombong Jatta has declined the latest bid that would have seen the former president completely alienated from the country’s politics.

Revelations of financial mismanagement by Jammeh is making the APRC look bad and many Gambians that once strongly supported the party are distancing themselves.

Many of Jammeh’s supporters, mostly ordinary women, and youth are shocked by the revelations that show diverting hundreds of millions for his personal use.

But Mr. Jatta said Jammeh, who founded the party will continue to be a member and accused those who do not believe in the new strength of the party and looking for favors with the new government, “are the ones calling for Jammeh to be expelled.”

So far, Mr. Jatta has not seen that the former ruler violated any of the laws of the party, although evidence of corruption against the ex-president emerged.

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