Gambian leader Adama Barrow embarks on nationwide tour

Gambian President Adama Barrow has begun 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, starting with the North Bank region.

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

Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou announced that the small West African nation was setting up a truth and reconciliation commission to ensure justice and reparations to victims of Yaya Jammeh’s regime.

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