Liberia Broadcasting System

Gambians vote for parliamentarians since twenty-two years

BBC/Maximilian Kasseh,Jr.
Gambia President Adama Barrow
Gambia President Adama Barrow

GAMBIA-Gambians have begun voting for members of their one-chamber parliament in the first polls since Yahya Jammeh left power after more than 22 years.

Expectations are high that under the new president, Adama Barrow, parliament will play a key part in lawmaking.

Mr. Barrow has pledged to carry out political, security and media reforms.

As part of his proposed reform, he is setting up a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate abuses committed under Mr. Jammeh's rule.

Reports say voter turnout has so far been relatively low.

According to the BBC, Under Mr. Jammeh, the National Assembly was frequently ignored as the president enacted executive decrees without consultation.


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