Will Gambian President Stick to Coalition Promise?

A Memorandum of Understanding, agreed to by the opposition coalition in 2016, stipulated that if Adama Barrow were to win, he would serve for just three years as transitional president before organising fresh elections in which he would not stand. Barrow has now made it clear that he does not think the "gentleman's agreement" should override the five-year term set out in the constitution.

Adama Barrow, President of the Republic of the Gambia, at a Chatham House event in 2018.

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