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“GAMBIA’S ECONOMY AT A CROSSROAD”, SAYS IMF

May 23, 2015
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Kanilai Bakery Farm

Kanilai Bakery Farm

Dictator Jammeh

Dictator Jammeh

 

As the Gambian unapologetic monster is set to waste millions of taxpayers money on his birthday, IMF has disclosed that the country’s economy life-supporting machine has rusted. To resuscitate it,the Gambian economy requires strong corrective actions and comprehensive reforms to neutralise its current challenges and set it on a path to sustainable higher growth rate, the International Monetary Fund has said in a report.

The IMF Country Report on The Gambia, which x-rayed the country’s economy based on different indicators, states that “extended period of poor economic performance has left The Gambia facing serious economic difficulties”.

The report noted that the government’s public debt had risen to 100 per cent of the country’s total gross domestic product (GDP) by end-2014. The continuous domestic borrowing by government has almost drained the banks of the needed resources to extend credit to the private sector for development purposes.

However, the IMF pointed out that The Gambia government’s heavy borrowing is not only for use by the central government but also its loss-making public institutions like the national electricity and water provider, Nawec, and the national telecommunications giants, Gamtel and Gamcel.

The budget support disbursements that were withheld by multilateral institutions and “some other factors” also contributed to pushing up the government’s net domestic borrowing, according to the IMF.

At the moment, not only did the commercial banks have little resources to give credit to the private sector, they “have very limited resources to meet the government’s financing needs,” the IMF country report said.

The rationale behind this is that “the Central Bank of The Gambia (CBG) has maintained reserve requirements at elevated levels, while increasing the policy rate to 22 per cent”.

Economy decline

The IMF report stated that The Gambia’s real GDP is now estimated to have declined by ¼ per cent in 2014 due to the lost tourism receipts and crops.

With tourism receipts continuing to be negatively affected [by the Ebola outbreak in the sub-region] in the first part of 2015, even under the best-case scenario, the 2015 recovery will be dampened,” the report says.

However, if the regional Ebola outbreak is brought under control by the third quarter of 2015, Gambia’s real GDP is expected to grow by about 5 per cent in 2015 driven by the recovery of agriculture.

Even though neighbouring countries are also reporting a substantial impact on their tourism sectors due to the Ebola outbreak, the impact on The Gambia’s is more severe since tourism provides a much larger contribution to the country’s foreign exchange earnings.

The IMF report pointed out that due to the slump in tourism and fiscal slippages, at end-2014 the level of Gambia’s gross international reserves declined to 4 months of import cover.

The reduction of the reserves indicates that government’s ability to pay for imports and service debts to foreign creditors has reduced and it makes the country more volatile to external shocks.

Inflation increases

The report on The Gambia also noted that the annual inflation rate picked up from 5.5 per cent until August to 7 per cent by January 2015 due to the exchange rate depreciation and the food supply shock.

Corrective measures

Addressing these problems will require strong policy adjustment and significant levels of external assistance,” the report said, adding:“In the absence of strong corrective actions by the authorities, The Gambia would risk undergoing a forced adjustment.”

The IMF said that since half of the government’s debt is from domestic sources, interest payments accounts for more than one third of the country’s revenue in 2015.

The institution warned that in the absence of corrective actions, it is projected that the domestic borrowing in 2015 would crowd out completely room for private credit, the public debt to GDP ratio would edge up further to 105 per cent by year-end, and the gross reserves’ import coverage would decline to about 3¼ months.

These developments would escalate substantially the roll-over risks of domestic public debt and push it onto an unsustainable path, increasing significantly the risk of a loss of confidence in the currency as international reserves fall to an uncomfortable level, and potentially triggering a banking crisis given the elevated level of commercial banks’ exposure to government debt,” the IMF said.

Such a scenario would have long lasting economic repercussions and drastic corrective policies would be required to address such problems.”

with such alarming disclosure from the IMF, a good leader would have given a second thought in celebrating his birthday. But in President Jammeh is a church mouse fattened with tax-payers money for whom he has no love and respect. Anyone who graces his birthday must bear in mind that every chicken thigh or wing you bite into is a flesh of a poor Gambian at home without a decent meal; and wine or juice you sip is the warm blood of a poor Gambian tax-payer with an empty stomach in bed.

Source: The Point

YAHYA JAMMEH AND NEPHEW, FAURE GNASSINGBE, BLOCK TERM LIMITS TO PRESIDENCY IN WEST AFRICA

May 20, 2015
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Gambian leader boycotted the meeting and send his errand lady Isatou Njie Saidy to attend..

Gambian leader boycotted the meeting and sent his errand lady Isatou Njie Saidy to attend..

The Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh and his only nephew, Faure Gnassingbe, son of late Togolese Dictator, Gnassignbe Eyadema, shamelessly denied West African citizens a stable and democratic future yesterday, by refusing to set a term limit to their tenure in power.

The Heads of States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) hoped to reach an agreement at their summit in Accra, Ghana, on Tuesday, May 19, to limit the terms of presidents in the sub-region to two terms, but failed to do so thanks to the Gambian President Yahya Jammeh and Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe.

The summit hoped to reach an historic accord that will safeguard the future of the sub-region from Military coups and popular civilian uprisings against long term presidents, which plunge nations into chaos at costs of human lives. However, their hopes were shattered by the greedy Gambian dictator, Yahya Jammeh and his nephew Gnassingbe of Togo, who objected to any term limits to their times in office.

The deal would not have only been a benchmark for West Africa, but a beacon of hope for the whole of Africa, which could safeguard peace and stability in a continent battered by civil wars, military coups, ethnic and religious conflicts.

However, President Jammeh and his nephew Gnassingbe, who have been in power for more than two terms, whilst most of their compatriots in the region have two-term limits, refused to set limits to their times in power.

Jammeh is nearing the end of his fourth term in office after coming to power in a coup in 1994, whilst Mr Gnassingbe has been in power since 2005 and won a third term in office last month.

The plan was backed by the United Nations West Africa representative, Mohammed Ibn Chambas. However, the plan could not continue as Togo and The Gambia objected.

This dissenting view became the majority view at the end of the day,” Reuter’s news agency quoted Ghana’s Foreign Minister, Hanna Tetteh, as saying.

The plan has now been deferred for further consultation.

Jammeh told the BBC in 2011 that presidents should be judged on what they do in power not by the length of time they have been in office. “I will deliver to the Gambian people and if I have to rule this country for one billion years, I will, if Allah says so,” he said

THE WORST DICTATOR YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF

May 14, 2015
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How Yahya Jammeh messed his legacy into becoming world's worst dictator is beyond Gambians.

Yahya Dafataba Jammeh is the world’s worst dictator you’ve never heard of!

author laura Secorun Palet of Ozy.com. Takes a closer look at our Gambian Dictator. Story culled from Ozy.com

Author: laura Secorun Palet. Takes a closer look at our Gambian Dictator. 

By Laura Secorun Palet of Ozy.com

“This is going to be your last breath,” they told Imam Baba Leigh as they threw earth over his bound body. Then they stopped and laughed. It was a mock execution, one of many tortures the Muslim cleric told Amnesty International he endured during his months in captivity.

His crime? Criticizing the president.

Welcome to the Gambia, home to one of the most vicious and bizarre dictatorships in the world. Since taking power in a 1994 coup, President Yahya Jammeh has ruled Africa’s smallest mainland country through fear, force and what we can best describe as creepiness. He prefers that subjects address him by his full name — His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya Abdul-Azziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh — and says he can cure AIDS. The 49-year-old also imprisons people for alleged witchcraft and has threatened to decapitate all homosexuals, because they are “anti-God and anti-human.” Oh, and there’s his penchant for firing live rounds into crowds of peaceful demonstrators. Anyone who speaks up against his cruel, outlandish ways risks kidnapping, torture or murder, like Imam Leigh.

In all this, Jammeh has made his country the neighborhood freak. The rest of West Africa has taken big strides toward democracy over the past decade, what with the election of the first female African president in Liberia and Ghana’s status as rule-of-law beacon. Yet the Gambia, 50 years independent, is where human rights go to die. In 2013, it up and left the Commonwealth, a 54-nation grouping of former British colonies, suggesting to diplomats that Jammeh refused to tolerate any international criticism (he’d gotten a spate of it the previous year for resurrecting the firing squad).

Perhaps inevitably, attempts to topple Jammeh’s regime also take on a certain degree of bizarreness. The latest, in December 2014, was led by two Gambian-Americans with some military training, according to an FBI affidavit. In August, the men bought weapons (including eight semi-automatic rifles) in the U.S., disassembled them, swaddled them in used clothing and stuffed the whole thing into 50-gallon barrels that were shipped via container to the Gambia. In early December, the men arrived in the country, rented cars and drove them into the front and back of Jammeh’s palace. They figured Jammeh’s guards would flee — being unwilling to die for the dictator — but, oh, they were wrong. (The U.S. has charged the men under the Neutrality Act, which bars Americans from taking part in private military actions against “friendly nations.”)

Absent a coup or burst of energy from the global community, 2016 will likely see

Jammeh re-elected with a fraudulent majority.

Indeed, though Jammeh is feared, he appears to have the genuine admiration of many of his citizens and some of the oblivious tourists who visit the beautiful country dubbed the “Smiling Coast of Africa.” For some 50,000 Britons each year, the Gambia remains a holiday destination — Jammeh keeps it safe, plus it’s a six-hour flight from Heathrow and a hell of a lot cheaper than Marbella. Tourism and peanut exports are helping the tiny state’s economy grow at a rate of 6.3 percent.

And even as most residents are poor, Jammeh scores well in the health department. Unlike its West African neighbors, the Gambia has avoided the Ebola epidemic, and its child mortality and maternal death rates are lower than the regional average. The country also has achieved one of Africa’s highest vaccination rates, “which should certainly be applauded,” says Jeffrey Smith, advocacy officer at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.

To be sure, validating these claims is hard without a free press. In 2004, reporter Deyda Hydara was mysteriously gunned down after criticizing Jammeh’s regime. The president’s tight grip on the media also allows him to indulge his penchant for self-promotion. The newspapers report various honors: Jammeh being named the Pride and Champion of African Democracy, for instance, or his winning from President Barack Obama a “Platinum Award.” Neither exists outside Jammeh’s nightmare-scape.

Obama did shake hands with him once — which Jammeh likes to use as evidence of the leaders’ closeness. And the U.S. hasn’t much pressured the regime: It has charged those coup perpetrators, after all, under the auspices of the Gambia being a “friendly nation,” and has stomached the alleged kidnapping of two American citizens, in 2013, by Gambia’s National Intelligence Agency. (Their whereabouts remain unknown.) Sometimes the U.S. issues outraged statements. But “if we can’t do anything about this isolated country with no economic ties to us, where will we? He’s the lowest hanging fruit,” says Smith.

For now, Jammeh continues to act with impunity. Absent a successful coup or some burst of energy from the international community, the 2016 election will likely see Jammeh re-elected with a vast, fraudulent majority — just like the last election, and the one before that, and the one before that. In the meantime, human rights advocates say that Jammeh’s grip has tightened since December’s foiled coup. Some 30 family members and acquaintances of the coup leaders have been detained without charges, some of them as young as 14, and François Patuel, a campaigner at Amnesty International, says the organization worries that “repression will intensify.”

Last year in the Gambia, a bit of hope appeared when members of the U.N.’s Human Rights Council were allowed into the country to investigate. Alas, they were forbidden to enter its detention centers. As Patuel puts it, “With Jammeh, it’s always one step forward, three steps back.”

 

This article was culled from Ozy.com.

 

ECOWAS WANTS NO THIRD TERM FOR PRESIDENTS AND NO MILLION YEARS FOR JAMMEH!

May 12, 2015
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Will the greedy West African Leaders finally agree to two term presidency, as suppose to life time presidency?

Will the West African leaders agree to a historic two term clause?

Ecowas want an end to the likes of Jammeh in the sub-region!

Ecowas wants to stop this quran-holding, dark specs, gangster leader, Yahya Jammeh from ruling the Gambia for a million years!

There is a glimmer of hope coming from the Economic Community of Western African States, ECOWAS, on Tuesday, as the sub-regional body unveiled ambitious plans to end presidents, within the sub-region, from staying beyond 2 terms in power. Ghanaweb newspaper reported that the sub-regional group is planning to enact a clause to this effect, after being sickened and tired of their presidents attempting to change their constitutions to run for third term whilst creating instability.

The move that can simply be best described as bold, ambitious and right, may be too late for the smallest country in the sub-region, the Gambia, whose dictatorial president had successfully tempered with the country’s constitution, as far back as 1996, to enable him to rule that country without term limit. As a result, he is currently serving fourth term in office and if the new clause comes into effect, it would mean prohibiting him from running the 7th term in office.

The significant move is undoubtedly the best mechanism to safeguard democracy in the sub-region and prevent military coups. However, the big question remains whether it will be endorsed by all member states and whether they will honour it.

Ghanaweb reported that the clause will be tabled at the next ECOWAS meeting, which is scheduled to take place, as early as this week. It quoted that reliable ECOWAS sources had told The Finder that when adopted, the clause will bind all member states, even though proponents are not sure if member states will abide by the clause. That will in fact be a pertinent question with regards to the Gambia, as Kibaaro had learnt that initial consultations with the Gambia about the proposal in 2013, were not well received by the Gambian Dictator. It further remain to be seen, whether he will even bother to attend this weeks ECOWAS meeting.

Nevertheless, Ghanaweb reported that: to enforce the new clause that prohibits third term as well as all protocols, conventions, declarations and directives, ECOWAS is also considering the adoption of a new legal regime for Community Acts that will make all ECOWAS decisions immediately applicable and binding on member states and eliminate parliamentary approvals.

Information on ECOWAS website indicates that the new legal regime for Community Acts is part of the transformation of the Secretariat into a Commission. Until now, obligations of member states were captured principally in Protocols and Conventions which are subject to lengthy parliamentary ratification processes by each member state. These processes delayed the entry into force of the legal texts, thereby paralysing the integration process. Decisions of the authority were, however, immediately applicable and binding on member states whilst those emanating from the Council of Ministers were only applicable and binding on the Community Institutions.

Under the new legal regime, the principle of supranational becomes more pre-eminent and there is now a de-emphasis on the adoption of Conventions and Protocols. Community Acts will be Supplementary Acts, Regulations, Directives, Decisions, Recommendations and Opinion. Thus, the authority passes Supplementary Acts to complete the Treaty. Supplementary Acts are binding on member states and the institutions of the community.

The Council of Ministers enacts Regulations and Directives and makes Decisions and Recommendations. Regulations have general application and all their provisions are enforceable and directly applicable in member states. They are enforceable in the institutions of the community. Decisions are enforceable in member states and all designated therein. Directives and their objectives are binding on all Member States. The modalities for attaining such objectives are left to the discretion of states.

The commission adopts Rules for the implementation of Acts enacted by the Council. These Rules have the same legal force as Acts enacted by the Council. The Commission makes recommendations and gives advice. Recommendations and advice are not enforceable.

Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe has been re-elected for a third term. Last year, opposition protests failed to bring about constitutional changes limiting the president to two terms in office – a move that would have prevented Mr Gnassingbe from standing.

Cameroon’s Paul Biya has become a Life President for the country after removing term limits; the same in Burkina Faso, Gabon, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

None of these civilian coups have been sanctioned by AU or any Regional Economic Communities (RECs).

In Burkina Faso, long-ruling President Blaise Compaore attempted to scrap limits last year and was driven out of power by protests. In Benin, opponents allege a secret bid to scrap term limits so President Thomas Boni Yayi can run for a third term from 2016, but in reaction, the President has promised to leave power when his mandate expires.

In Niger, former President Mamadou Tandja used the parliament to rubber stamp the outcome of a discredited referendum and was only stopped by a counter military coup.

In Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo’s attempt was only foiled by a resilient Nigerian population.

In Senegal, a new President Macky Sall emerged after a failed ‘civilian coup’ staged by outgoing President Abdoullaye Wade, 85, to have a third term.

Throughout his 12-year reign, President Wade amended the constitution 14 times with the acquiescence of a weak parliament that acted in cahoots with Wade as a rubber stamp.

Wade also used the discredited Constitutional Council to validate his candidacy and disqualify Youssou N’dour and others four weeks before the February 2012 election, throwing the country into major violence that resulted in at least six deaths, disruption of work and destruction of properties.

In June 2011, Wade proposed an amendment to replace the constitutional requirement of 50% plus 1 with 25% in order to win presidential elections.

It was the 15th amendment after the previous 14 that passed swiftly.

It did not seem like a big deal that the 15th would pass, but a previously disinterested Senegalese public suddenly awoke to stop the amendment, where the parliament had become thoroughly compromised.

JAMMEH ANNOUNCES PLANS TO BUILD ULTRA MODERN RAILWAY LINE IN GAMBIA, BUT IS HE SERIOUS?

May 12, 2015
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IS HE THE BABIES SNATCHER?

JAMMEH’S ENDLESS LIES OF DREAMS

JAMMEH'S DREAMT RAILWAY LINE! THE ONLY PROBLEM IS THAT HE IS BROKE!

JAMMEH’S DREAM RAILWAY LINE FOR THE GAMBIA! 

Few weeks after begging IMF for 10 Million Dollars handout, the Gambia’s mendacious President, Yahya Jammeh has unveiled an over ambitious and unfeasible plans to build a railway line across the length of the country linking Banjul to Koina. The President declared his mendacity during a rally at Brikama Ba, in Central River Regions of the country on Monday, May 11, as part of his countrywide tour of the Vision 2016 Rice Fields.

The fallacy bloated out of the President after his inauguration of the Soma – Basse highway in Brikama Ba, which he renamed as Y2J Highway.  In the midst of the euphoric adulation, the mendacious President boasted of his too-good-to-be-true plans to build A railway line linking all major towns in the country from Banjul to Koina.

The President, who on the previous date of 10 May, lunched a scathing vitriolic attack on the country’s opposition, by calling them names and claiming that he will rule the country until Two Million Fifteen, further declared that he will in fact decide who succeeds him on the presidency. It was the closest he had got to declaring his intentions to pass his reign to his offspring.

The same Jammeh, on a visit to Armitage Senior Secondary School, on 11 May, during a night stop over at Janjanbureh, declared that from 2025, the country will not require any foreign scientists, doctors, engineers, etc. Whilst failing to realise that even the world’s most developed nations are vying to attract the world’s best brains to their shores.

It therefore begs belief that it is the same President Jammeh who claimed to have an ambitious plans of assisting the Gambia to attain a super power status come 2025. However, he hopes to achieve the same by closing his doors to the world’s best brains. Simply because as the famous quote relates: ‘no man is an island of his'; and no nation has ever been able to find everything within its shores. Unless he wants the North Korean style of super power status.

In simple terms, Yahya Jammeh cannot be taken for his words. He simply qualifies  to be crowned the best lying President of the century!

UDP REACTS TO JAMMEH’S FOREIGN EXCHANGE ROBBERY

May 11, 2015
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The Foreign Exchange Rate Crisis and the Impact on Gambians at Home and Diaspora.

LAWYER DARBOE

UDP LEADER LAWYER OUSAINOU DARBOE

200 Dalasis note

THE ROBBER IN OUR MONEY

Once again, Gambians are greeted with dumbfounded news that major currency values will be pegged and depreciated against the Dalasi through a directive from the Office of the President. The directive, as usual, came-in without warning or engagement with the business sector as expected of any responsible government.

The shock on both businesses and the Gambian diaspora is unimaginably devastating with all the dare consequences on the economy. As of Friday, 1st May, banks were selling £1 at D80, the US1 at D52 and 1Euro at D60.

But since the untimely decision by the Office of the President, banks and money transfer bureaus are forced to sell US Dollars at $1 at D35, £1 at D50 and 1 Euro at D40.

By rough estimate, as from the date of this rash, manipulative, and unwise presidential decision, financial services dealing in foreign currency business are making a loss of D17 per $1, D30 per £1 and D20 per 1 Euro. The loss is within the conversation rates and the transfer fees commission. The loss is further in two fold, the banks lose and the Forex bureaus also lose.

It is against business sense to sell commodities at below the cost price. Forex bureaus, local Gambian banks, Western union, Money Gram, RIA all took Dollars, Pound sterling, Euros from customers at the market price up to the 2 of May, after which period, the ‘government directives’ came into force, instructing banks to buy or sell the foreign currencies at below the market rate.

This is the causes of the serious loses to all players. Within the larger context of cumulative shock and impact, Gambian money transfer bureaus operating in U.K, and other parts of Europe and America are expected to make operational loses of not less than D100million.

It has to be noted that The Gambia economy under the present regime is in a worst situation than it had ever been in her modern history. The standard of living and the purchasing power of the average citizen has declined significantly as a result of the seemingly unstoppable high inflation affecting every sector of the economy. The most noticeable hope for Gambians inside the Gambia is the remittances sent in by diaspora Gambians.

However since the Presidential decision to artificially peg the Dalasi against major international currencies, diaspora Gambians are now forced to send in more funds as financial aid to compensate for the differences between the old exchange rate and the new artificial rate set by the President.

The UDP sees this as yet another deliberate decision by the Executive to manipulate the economy and artificially fix prices as a veneer to cover-up the APRC government’s failed economic policies that have given rise to the unprecedented economic woes the country currently faces.

The UDP strongly condemns this latest interference in the management and the regulation of the markets. It is a serious violation of trust and confidence Gambian people bestowed on their government.

As a party, we sympathise with the Gambian people especially our hard working diasporas who have to adjust at the expense of their pauses and family comfort, to make room for this callous, and unplanned decision by the President to unilaterally appreciate the dalasi against major international currencies.

The combine impact this sudden and drastic tinkering with the exchange rates will cause to the economy is enamours. It will lead to reduced net inflow of foreign exchange to the country, some financial service particularly foreign exchange bureaus will have to lay-off staff, some may default in rent payments, and more seriously, Gambian businesses will eventually lose out because ultimately, with the confusing signal the government is sending out, it may be difficult to get Bank Guarantees and Letters of Credit (LCs) to proof their credit worthiness to their overseas business partners.

The United Democratic Party recommends that, the best way to regulate the exchange rates is to have a stage by stage or incremental appreciation of the value of the Dalasi.

We believe this latest ‘Executive order’ will lead to hoarding of foreign currency, which will create artificial shortage and thus force the exchange rates to go up. The losers here are everyone: the importers, diaspora Gambians, ordinary people, and the government itself in the form of reduced tax revenues.

It is important to note that a country’s exchange rate is one of the most important determinants of relative level of economic health. Exchange rates play a vital role in a country’s level of trade, which is critical to all free market economy. For this reason, exchange rates cannot and should not be meddled with to suit the President’s whims and caprices. Interest rates, inflation and exchange rates are all highly correlated; they impact on each other. The economy should be managed without emotion or undue pressures from the executive.

In barely 3 months, the Gambia government received an emergency loan from the IMF in the region of (US$10.8 million). The fact that we received an emergency loan indicates a budget deficit and inability to finance the government expenditures.

A drastic reduction of foreign direct support to the government because of its lack of respect for human rights and rule of law, have seen the Gambian economy contrast to a near stagnation. Tourism which is one the country’s main foreign exchange earner, has also been severely hit following the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014. Gambia derives 30% of its export earnings from tourism. But a 60% fall in tourism has led to a 12% depreciation of the local currency (Dalasi) against major international currencies causing an accelerated increase in food prices and other consumer goods.

The president and his APRC Party have failed the people and massively for that matter. Power and brute force cannot be used to regulate an economy. Competent and qualified technocrats must be allowed to carry out their duties without fear of harassment. The office of the President has become a cocktail of many blends. This is why the UDP demands an end to the 20 years of failed AFPRC/APRC misrule characterized by irrational, childish and adventurous policies that continue to destroy the fabrics of the very survival of the country.

 

Lawyer Ousainou Darboe

Party Leader/Secretary General

United Democratic Party

The Gambia

UK DECIDED: PM CAMERON’S CONSERVATIVES SWEPT THE POLLS

May 8, 2015
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UK PM: David Cameron re-elected for the second term..

UK PM: David Cameron re-elected for the second term..

The British Prime Minister, David Cameron and his blue-coloured Tory Conservative party have painted the United Kingdom political landscape blue, with a resounding victory in Thursday, May 7, UK Parliamentary elections. Though, the Prime Minister’s party was expected to win, but not with the margin of victory they commanded. It was widely expected that there would be no clear winner, resulting in a hung parliament. This was also the prediction of the exit polls.

However, the results were far from those expectations and predictions. In the end, Prime Minister Cameron and his blue-coloured Conservatives’ won majority seats in the British parliament. They won by having more elected Members of Parliamentarians than any other party, They gained 330 members of their party nominees elected to the UK parliament, out of the 650 parliamentary seats available in the parliament.

The results were devastating enough to force the UK’s biggest opposition party and former ruling party, The Labour Party’s leader, Ed Miliband to not only concede defeat but tender his resignation, after taking sole responsibility of the party’s failures on the polls. The Labour party won a landslide in 1997, under the leadership of Tony Blair and went on to win three consecutive elections until 2010, when David Cameron defeated former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.

David Cameron had since been ruling a coalition government with the Liberal Democratic Party from last election, after his party failed to gain majority seats.

However, it seems his former Coalition partners, the Liberal Party, had paid for their marriage with the conservative, which compromised the parties liberal principles and left many of their loyalists betrayed. As a result, they lost more than three quarter of their 56 elected MPs from the last elections. They won only 8 seats from the May 7 elections. Their leader, Nick Clegg, who served as Deputy Prime Minister under Prime Minister Cameron, until May 7 elections, has also resigned, as a result of the significant defeat suffered by his party.

The only party that made history in last night’s election was the Scottish National Party (SNP), who won 57 out of the 59 seats available in Scotland. The party were previously only able to gain 6 seats from the last elections in 2010. This means that the SNP is now the third largest party in the United Kingdom Parliament.

The other disappointing story on the night was the failure of the right-wing party of the UK Independent Party (UKIP), whose party leader Nigel Farage, failed to turn their huge expectations into results. The party, in the end, won only one seat of Parliament. Farage himself abysmally failed to win his much coveted seat in Thanet South constituency, which forced him to also resign leader of UKIP.

Overall, it was a resounding victory for Prime Minister Cameron and his Tory Conservative Party. Other parties are left to do some soul searching for a new leader to bring them back.