According to a senior government source, Gambian coalition parties that came together last year to present the first new president in 22 years are unlikely to contest together for next month’s legislative elections.
President Adama Barrow disclosed in January his coalition government would “continue as a family” in selecting candidates for the national assembly poll on April 6, a declaration now thrown into doubt.
“We cannot reach an agreement on how to contest the parliamentary election,” a senior figure within Barrow’s administration told AFP late Thursday.
“One of the parties wants 36 of the 53 constituencies to be reserved for them. We are parting ways,” the source said.
Candidate registration began on Thursday and lasts until Sunday, pressuring the parties to find a deal.
The coalition figure voiced frustration that the infighting was likely to embolden the party of former president Yahya Jammeh, who ruled the country with an iron fist for two decades until leaving for exile in January.
Yankuba Colley, chief campaigner for Jammeh’s Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC), said he was confident of the party’s chances.