Bar­row to take na­tional pulse

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BANJUL: Gam­bian Pres­i­dent Adama Bar­row is on an 11-day na­tion­wide tour to as­sess the coun­try’s “po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion” ahead of April 6 par­lia­men­tary elec­tions.

Bar­row – whose elec­tion in De­cem­ber was fol­lowed by a po­lit­i­cal im­passe dur­ing which for­mer pres­i­dent Yahya Jam­meh re­fused to cede power – is sched­uled to hold 36 gen­eral meet­ings in Gam­bia’s seven re­gions.

The pres­i­dent is ex­pected to mo­bilise vot­ers to cast their bal­lot for a coali­tion of par­ties that brought him to power.

The tour be­gan a day af­ter Jus­tice Min­is­ter Abubacarr Tam­badou an­nounced the set­ting up of a truth and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion com­mis­sion to en­sure jus­tice and repa­ra­tions to vic­tims of Jam­meh’s regime.

Jam­meh, who ruled the Is­lamic Repub­lic for 22 years with an iron fist and lives in ex­ile in Equa­to­rial Guinea, is ac­cused of hu­man rights abuses, in­clud­ing killings, tor­ture and ar­bi­trary ar­rests.

Tam­badou an­nounced a probe into fi­nan­cial mis­man­age­ment. – dpa

Adama Bar­row

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