In Gambia, Barrow Backs Off His Promise to Step Down After Three Years

In Gambia, Barrow Backs Off His Promise to Step Down After Three Years
Gambian President Adama Barrow greets a crowd after arriving at Banjul airport in Gambia, Jan. 26, 2017 (AP photo by Jerome Delay).

Editor’s Note: Every Friday, Andrew Green curates the top news and analysis from and about the African continent. Gambians are not going to let President Adama Barrow forget his promise. When Barrow, then largely a political unknown, challenged longtime autocrat Yahya Jammeh in the 2016 presidential race, he pledged that, if he won, he would run a three-year provisional government before calling new elections. But backing off that promise, Barrow recently said he will serve a full five-year term until 2021, sparking protests. Gambians took to the streets of the capital, Banjul, this week in outrage over his decision. Though […]

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