Amidst Violent Protest: Gambia Gov’t Calls for Calm, Renews Commitment to Democratic Principles

By Bakary Ceesay

President Adama Barrow gathered his cabinet members on Thursday 30 January 2020 at the State House to discuss the recent anti-government violent protest.

A group of protesters were out in the streets on Sunday, January 26th 2020 demanding the President honours the 2016 coalition agreement of a 3-year mandate. The protesters clashed with the police, who accused them of violating the terms of the conditions of the permit.
This prompted an emergency cabinet session today that lasted five hours ended with a statement calling for calm and reinforcing The Gambia’s commitment to democratic principles it considers “sacred.”

Minister of Information and Communications Infrastructure, Hon Ebrima Sillah told waiting journalists that Cabinet has taken note of a number of issues.

The government has called on “the generality of The Gambian people to remain calm and assure them that situation is under complete control.”

“We want to assure the international community of our sacred duty to be committed to democratic principles and that Gambia government will continue to be engaged in those sacred principles,” he said.

He assured the international community of Gambia government’s sacred duty and commitment to the democratic principles. 

“The Gambia government will continue to be engaged in those sacred principles”, he stressed.

The minister therefore took the opportunity to call on the public to support the government to ensure that the peace in the country is sustained.

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