Aug 11, 2020, 11:31 AM
The covid-19 pandemic continues its surge in the Gambia as the Health Ministry recorded four new deaths on Sunday, bringing the total number of covid-19 related deaths to 23, with a crude case fatality ratio of 1.9%
“The European Union has been at the forefront of support to the democratic transition in The Gambia since 2017 and to the reforms aiming at entrenching democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Over the last months, it has observed with growing concern a marked slowdown in the pace of the reform process and in particular noted the recent important setback with the rejection of the draft new Constitution. It is key for the 2021 Presidential elections to take place on the basis of a new social contract.”
“The constitutional review process is linked to other pillars of the democratic transition, in particular the transitional justice process with the Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), as well as the Security Sector Reform (SSR). It therefore remains important to lay the foundations for the follow-up of these processes.”
“Moreover, taking forward other significant reforms, such as the revision of the Public Order Law, media and access to information laws prior to the 2021 Presidential elections, requires decisive Government action.”
“The European Union calls upon the Government to take the lead in building the necessary national consensus around the future direction of the democratic transition, with a new Constitution at its core.”
Junkung Jobarteh, executive secretary for Media Council of The Gambia (MCG), has said that Gambian journalists have the responsibility to adhere to the lawful dictates of the council and panel in order to avoid journalists and media houses facing civil and criminal cases in courts.
The Ministry of Tourism and Culture has embarked on putting in place robust policies and strategies as part of efforts to prepare for post COVID-19 effects on the hospitality industry.