Coalition celebrates victory anniversary

Monday, December 04, 2017

Thousands of Gambians have Saturday gathered at Buffer Zone, in Tallinding, to mark the first anniversary of the victory of the Coalition 2016.

The Coalition 2016, led by President Adama Barrow had defeated Yahya Jammeh in December 2016 Presidential Elections leading to a change of government in 22 years. As the final results were announced in December 2nd, celebration swept across the country, with former President Yahya Jammeh conceding a defeat to the then president elect Adama Barrow. A week later, Jammeh decided to reject the results in totality claiming irregularities - an about-turn that plunged the country into a difficult and hard-earn transition.

On Saturday, 2 December 2017, it became a different emotion and fanfare as sea of people poured in the Tallinding Buffer Zone to hear from a man who they projected their hopes a year ago.

As he took to the podium, President Barrow reassured Gambians, but was categorical, saying the development challenges are high. He urged all to make this beginning a genuine recovery and sustainable development for posterity. He pointed out that 2018-2020 National Development Plan was ready aimed at creating jobs and reduces poverty.

His administration, he said, has implemented several plans in restoring confidence in governance for a better economic development, adding that “the coalition has re-integrate the country to the world in the bilateral cooperation.”