TambajangPresident Adama Barrow’s Coalition 2016 partners on Friday agreed to extend his mandate from three to five years.

The Chairperson of the Coalition that defeated Dictator Yahya Jammeh Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang made the announcement after she had led a delegation to State House. Madam Jallow-Tambajang concurred that the Coalition’s development program, especially its reform agenda, cannot be fully implemented in less than five years.

“On the basis of the incompletion of the reforms agenda, we, as a coalition, have decided to extend his [referring to President Barrow] social legitimacy from three (3) years to five (5) years,” Chairperson Jallow Tambajang told State House press. She said the Coalition’s decision followed two years of consultations with all stakeholders both home and abroad and that it was never solicited by President Barrow. It was rather borne out of the realization that it defeats logic and reason to abandon the ongoing reforms halfway and call for a new election.

“That is why I said today is historic. This is something the whole world should hear. His Excellency did not ask for it. The Coalition is standing for the country and will continue standing for the country. We will continue to champion the cause of the country. That is why we thought it prudent to come and discuss and assess the journey so far,” she said, adding that Coalition stakeholders will amend the agreement so it aligns with the Friday meeting.

“The MoU is important. But the fundamentals are the agreements signed by all parties, which entail the reform agenda. If that reform agenda is incomplete, and considering the state in which we took government, we cannot leave that half-way and ask for elections or find another president. That is not rational. It is not logical.”

The Chairperson of the Coalition 2016 and one time Vice President, Mrs. Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajang told the media that their mission to the Presidency was meant to discuss with their flag bearer, President Adama Barrow on how they can strengthen the coalition body as an institution in order to support the government. She said their plans include setting up a fully-fledged secretariat and embarking on a national dialogue with the public on the way forward. Madam Jallow-Tambajang hailed President Barrow for showing interest, respect and recognition for the Coalition.

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