Gambia: Barrow's first 100 days marked by impatience

Gambia’s new president Adama Barrow celebrates his first 100 days in power

Gambia: Barrow's first 100 days marked by impatience

World Bulletin / News Desk

As Gambia’s new president Adama Barrow celebrates his first 100 days in power Friday, reactions on the street of the capital Banjul regarding the accomplishments of the nascent administration are mixed.

Critics say the new president lacks clear vision on how to tackle country’s challenges following a 22-year dictatorship under Yayha Jammeh.

Political analyst and lecturer at University of the Gambia, Ismaila Ceesay, tells Anadolu Agency that the new government had failed to “articulate its development priorities in these first 100 days”.

“The problem is that the government lacks a vision. They were only focused on removing Yahya Jammeh and they have no plans beyond that,” Ceesay says. “We want to see a short-term, medium term and long-term plan but we have a government that does not seem to know what it is doing.”

Adama Barrow has inherited a broken economy with debt at about 115 percent of the GDP and youth unemployment at 38 percent, government sympathizers have said.

Gambia’s vice president Fatoumata Jallow, who recently won the New African Magazine’s African Woman of the Year Award, tells Anadolu Agency that the new administration are committed to Barrow's campaign promises.

“The government will achieve its campaign promises because it is committed to it [...] This is a three-year transition period and we have developed a reform agenda in all the key areas,” she says.

“Rome was not built in a day," she adds. "This government is not asking for people to be complacent but we need to manage the expectations. There is need for patience because we are working on reversing a trend that went on for 22 years.”

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