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Gambia: Adama Barrow’s National People’s Party partners with Chinese Communist party

The National People’s Party (NPP), a new political party formed by Gambians President, Adama Barrow to bid for a second term has forged a partnership with the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Local reports indicated that the Chinese assistant Minister of International Department, Li Mingxiang showered praises on the 2019-formed NPP, acknowledging how fast the party has developed after its formation.

Mr. Li who confirmed the partnership reportedly claimed that the newly formed party is “contributing effectively to the Gambia’s economic and social development” under the leadership of President Barrow. In this regard, the CPC has decided to forge this union to further build a ‘good’ Gambia-China relationship for development.

National Chairman of the NPP, Hon. Dembo Bojang expressed optimism in the relationship. He believed strongly that, the NPP will learn from the decades-long experience of the Communist Party of China.

Xi meets Gambian president - Xinhua | English.news.cn
Xi Jinping meets with Adama Barrow in Beijing, Sept. 6, 2018.

According to officials, the said partnership is meant for the two parties to share inter-continental experiences and best practices whilst respecting the autonomy of their respective countries of governance.

The Chinese Assistant Minister outlined some measures that need to be taken as part of the new partnership. This ranges from timely communication between the two parties, cooperation in the implementation of the outcomes of the FOCAC Beijing and Extraordinary China-Africa Summit regarding the pandemic and Gambian national development plans.

Additionally, Mr. Li proposed that, “we should enhance solidarity and coordination in international affairs, and maintain the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries.”

Adama Barrow who initially won the trust of many Gambian electorates who voted massively for him based on a promise to serve just a transitional term has already defaulted on the commitment he made to the people and is about to further extend his term.

According to the initial coalition agreement which helped him defeat his predecessor, Yahya Jammeh, Barrow was supposed to serve just three years and step down for a fresh election. However, he defied the agreement stating that, “I have a five year mandate and I will complete it.”

In what is seen by many as dishonesty, Barrow said he cannot accord a coalition agreement over the national constitution. His fully served five-year term will expire this year. As things stand now, all indications are clear that Adama Barrow will be running for a second term on the ticket of his newly formed NPP with support from his Chinese partners.

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