Friday, May 12, 2017
The dismissals follow growing public criticism of the lack of urgency and policy direction of the new administration and came on the same day Barrow concluded a three-day retreat for his cabinet, as part of a broader process to develop his administration’s “development blueprint”. The retreat was held amid a lingering security threat, rising inflation (currently at almost 9%) and growing problems of power outages with electricity supply dropping from 80 megawatts to 40 megawatts.
- The government’s economic programme is unlikely to deter large numbers of young Gambian migrants fleeing to Europe.
- A poorly managed army reform could stoke low-intensity insurgency along The Gambia’s border with southern Senegal.
- One-party domination of the executive and legislature will raise fears of potential democratic backsliding.