Blow for Gambia's Barrow as Parliament Rejects Draft Constitution

Replacing what is considered "Jammeh's constitution" has been one of President Adama Barrow's priorities. On September 22, 2020, a landmark bill to replace the constitution was defeated in the National Assembly. The 2020 Constitution Promulgation Bill was expected to introduce significant changes, including term limits, quotas for participation of women and the curtailment of executive powers. Moreover, it would have marked a clear break with the two-decade long rule of dictator, former president Yahya Jammeh. According to the Speaker of the National Assembly Mariam Jack-Denton, 31 out of the 42 members of the Assembly voted for the bill, failing to meet the required threshold of the scrutiny.

Banjul, Gambia (file photo).

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