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dbaldeh

USA
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Posted - 17 Jan 2014 :  09:40:48  Show Profile  Visit dbaldeh's Homepage Send dbaldeh a Private Message
Gainako carried an editorial this week about the resurrection of the Old PPP party. Although many people are quiet about the possible come back of the PPP, many people are wondering how that will impact current opposition parties and their leadership.

Check the link @ http://gainako.com/?p=3960 and see if you agree or disagree.

It remains a fact that the UDP will certainly undergo a leadership transition. Currently there is no identified likely successor to Darboe. We can spin it in any direction but leadership succession is critical for the survival of any organization.

As for PDOIS everybody knows where they come from and where they are going. What you see is what you get. There is not likely to be any change of leadership on the Central committee. As long as PDOIS is not open to change they will remain weak electorally.

With all honestly, GMC and NRP remain to be one man parties for now. There are no other executive members of any of these two parties who are known to the public. Our brother Mai Fatty will not be able to contest elections anytime soon because of residency issues. Hamat Bah continue to be a political mystery saying one thing today and doing another. He is just in it for national and international recognition so he can freely travel.

So do you think the PPP resurrection will make any difference? Is it likely to inject new competition in the political arena.

We recognized that it is kind of premature to venture too much into partisan politics while Jammeh continue to hold the country hostage. But trust me change could occur in Gambia any day and we will be left stranded on what direction to move. I hope and pray change happens sooner. Your thoughts provoking or otherwise are welcome!

Baldeh,
"Be the change you want to see in the world" Ghandi
Visit http://www.gainako.com for your daily news and politics

Edited by - dbaldeh on 17 Jan 2014 09:43:02

kobo



United Kingdom
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Posted - 17 Jan 2014 :  15:27:50  Show Profile Send kobo a Private Message
1. Don't you think that review and analysis of this article from Gainako written by Sidi Sanneh (archived) would make this topic more interesting; in defining moments and another tsunami alert in the polls for opposition front towards 2016 Presidential elections

UDP and PPP must now look inward which articulated that;

In anticipation of the inevitable, there has been a flurry of political activity from London to Raleigh to Stockholm and beyond, by men and women of good will but with mixed agendas which can be characterized as a melange of individual and national ambitions. By national, I mean non-individual or -personal agenda. As the inevitability of a regime change becomes more visible in the rear view mirror, and the possibility of replacing Jammeh becomes less of a pipe dream and more of real possibility, it energizes the activists to ratchet up their agitation, and the pundits to pontificate all the more with varying degree of success.....

Raleigh demonstrated, immediately, the problem the Gambian politicians face in managing expectations from their respective diaspora supporters, a good number of whom have been absent from The Gambia for two decades or more. In addition to the central issue of opposition party unity against the dictatorship in Banjul, the party leaders soon realized that in order to achieve a coalition of opposition parties, there must first be internal re-alignment and consolidation of their respective parties, especially as it relates to the UDP and the PPP. Both of these political parties, in my view, must deal with a common problem posed by the 1996 Constitution declaring both the Leader of the UDP and the Interim Party Leader of the PPP ineligible to stand as presidential candidate. Do they select a new leader now that will undoubtedly be a transformational move that is likely to galvanize supporters or do they maintain the present status quo by staying put and run the risk of losing support of the younger voter looking for new faces. What if, for whatever reason, the age-limit for presidential candidates is no longer applicable in time for the next presidials? You see the dilemma the leaders face. In addition to the leadership issue, the PPP is faced with an additional problem that must be resolved before committing the party to a long-term agreement that has implications far beyond the next Presidential elections. There is need to revitalize the party after 19-years of relative dormancy. The current Interim Leader must be credited with keeping what is left of the PPP. It is now time to rehabilitate the party that led Gambia to Independence and provided Gambians with one of the most democratic environment, and economic progress in Africa for thirty years......

Source: Gainako Online News & full report

2. Related Bantaba Gambian politics topic UDP Leadership Raised Eyebrows & Crises Alert

Edited by - kobo on 17 Jan 2014 16:56:47
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