UN Political Affairs Impressed With Gambia’s Political Transition

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By Lamin Sanyang – Jeffrey Feltman, head of The United Nations Political Affairs has said that he is impressed with the Gambia’s political transition.

The UN Political Affairs head paid a courtesy call on President Barrow accompanied by UN Special Representative in West Africa, Gambia’s Foreign Minister and The UN Ambassador amongst others.

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Speaking to journalist at The Kairaba Beach Hotel, Jeffrey said he is very impressed with the Gambian people, civil society and the political leadership. He talked about his meetings with President Barrow and the Chairman of the country’s electoral body. He also talked about the challenges ahead of the new government and role of the United Nations.

“The UN will be guided by what the government would want us to do,” Jeffrey Feltman said.

Jeffrey said one of the areas that the United Nations will be helping the new government with donors to support its development agendas. He explained their involvement with the sub-regional body to work with President Barrow in making sure that the voice of the Gambian people is respected, adding that Gambians have high expectations in the new government.

“We want to be partners in making the Gambian decision,” he pointed out.

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The UN head of Political Affairs has called on the new government to engage the civil society in ensuring that the rule of law is respected.

Jeffrey also highlighted the challenges of human rights and national reconciliation, saying 22 years of one rule is great challenge.

Meanwhile, he explained the willingness to reinforce the rule of law.

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