Saine and Conteh

Alkali Conteh announcing GDAG’s pull out

The Gambia Democratic Action Group (GDAG) has become the latest group to pull out of the Committee for the Restoration of Democracy in the Gambia (CORDEG).

The North Carolina based group followed into the footsteps of Lawyer Mai Fatty of the Gambia Moral Congress who parted with CORDEG shortly after it was formed.  Some Gambian opposition parties, specifically the National Reconciliation Party, Gambia Party for Democracy and Progress and People’s Democratic Organization for Independence and Socialism, have never become members of CORDEG.

GDAG’s withdrawal news is contained in a formal letter signed by the group’s Chairman Mr. Alkali Conteh. Dated June 22, 2014,  GDAG announced its withdrawal from “CORDEG with immediate effect.”

The decision to pull out of CORDEG, Mr. Conteh wrote, was “reached after serious deliberations and careful reviews of CORDEG’s operations and the role of GDAG in CORDEG.” Mr. Conteh was one of the brains behind the Raleigh Conference.

CORDEG, which is led by Dr. Abdoulaye Saine, was an offshoot of the May 2013 Gambia Conference for Democracy and Good Governance held in Raleigh, North Carolina.

According to the Raleigh Accord, CORDEG’s roles include putting in place a centralized coordinating mechanism that would coordinate the activities and efforts of the various opposition groups and camps, and in effect, serve as the face of the struggle to restore democracy,  the rule of law and good governance to The Gambia.The proposed structure will not seek to usurp the roles/rights of the individual parties and groups, but will strive to coordinate their efforts and strategies with a view to achieving the desired results.”

However, since its formation, CORDEG has been the subject of public criticism. The leakage of its draft documents has only succeeded in heightening public mistrust.



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