Maimane hails Ecowas enforcing democratic will of Gambians

2017-01-21 16:00
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Cape Town – The intervention by the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) to "enforce the democratic will of the people of Gambia" was on Saturday hailed by the Southern African Partnership for Democratic Change (SAPDC).

SAPDC chairperson and DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, condemned former President Yahya Jammeh who "worked to subvert constitutionalism".

AFP on Saturday reported that the defeated Gambian leader had agreed to cede power to newly-inaugurated leader Adama Barrow.

The news agency reported on Friday that Ecowas had given Jammeh until midday that day to hand over power and agree to leave the country or face military action.

'Fight for justice and democracy'

SAPDC deputy chairperson and former Zambian vice president Dr Nevers Mumba said Ecowas "demonstrates the requisite leadership, which the SADC should strive to emulate in order to ensure peaceful and democratic transitions in the region".

The SAPDC, established in October last year at a meeting of Southern African Opposition Parties in Johannesburg, aimed to promote democratic change in Southern Africa, the partnership said.

The registered legal entity's four directors are Maimane, Mumba and executive members Morgan Tsvangirai of Zimbabwe and Manuel Fernandes of Mozambique.

Its members also sit in the parliaments of their countries.

The partnership held its second meeting on Saturday and its executive committee reviewed a draft charter of Southern African Opposition Parties which commits them to "fight for justice and democracy in the region".

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