The Chronicle Gambia

PDOIS Excludes Itself From the Coalition Stakeholders Talks

The People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS) has excluded itself from the latest Coalition 2016 talks which began on Saturday at the Kairaba Beach Hotel.

In a press release Monday, the party said since 2017 the President has exercised executive authority without the oversight of a coalition. “Cabinet composition has been determined without any reference to a coalition agreement. National Assembly and Council Elections have taken place in 2017 and 2018, respectively, without any consideration of a Coalition agreement,” it said in the statement.

PDOIS, a key pioneer of the coalition said by 2018, parties have held their congresses and have taken major decisions regarding the shaping of the political dispensation of the country without any reference to a Coalition agreement. “In this regard, the Bureau of the Central Committee of PDOIS considers it prudent to call on the convener to exclude PDOIS from the current conversation on matters relating to Coalition 2016.”

“The Media is hereby informed that PDOIS is not part of the conversation and its leadership had already requested the convener not to include it in the conversation.”

On Friday, a source from PDOIS told The Chronicle that the party would not attend last Saturday talks, citing that it did not receive an official letter of invitation from the organizers.

In 2017, PDOIS rejected ministerial offers from the Barrow administration.

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