Darboe says UDP not organising protest

Friday, May 17, 2019

United Democratic Party (UDP) secretary general and leader have dismissed in a press statement on Friday on the rumor that the party is preparing for a protest as the 3-year proposed term that coalition leaders agreed for President Adama Barrow nears ending.

The streets were rife with rumors that members of the UDP were preparing to stage a protest demanding for President Barrow to step down after 3 years, as agreed with the Coalition members.

Mr. Barrow and his coalition members had campaigned for a 3-year term, for anyone who became president before they can all return to their various parties for another election but since he came to power in 2016, President Barrow changed his position and declared intention to finish the 5 mandate as dictated by the country’s constitution.

The 3-year team debate led to the creation of a movement call “3 years Jotna” meaning years has come. The movement say it will take to the streets to demand for Mr. Barrow to respect the agreement and step aside.

In the statement, Mr. Darboe said UDP is not organising any political event or gathering in any part of the country, contrary to the rumours and allegations that it is organising a protest. “UDP is a responsible and mature political party and not a protest movement. Whenever political events are organised, the party ensures that all the necessary permits are obtained in good time.”

Author: Arfang M.S. Camara