Dr. Ismail Ceesay, CA Presidential Candidate

The leader of the Citizens Alliance Dr Ismaila ceesay has renounced his Swedish citizenship ahead of the December 4 presidential elections

A statement dispatched by the CA leader on Saturday stated Ceesay’s eligibility and meeting of all criteria for running in the upcoming polls.

A dual citizenship would have challenged the CA leaders prospects for eligibility with presidential nominations scheduled to start next week in an orderly schedule driving aspiring candidates to action.

The full CA statement on Dr. Ceesay’s Renouncing of Swedish Citizenship

“I am delighted to inform you all that I have finally  officially renounced my Swedish Citizenship and met all eligibility criteria to run for President in the December 4 elections. I am looking forward to submitting my nominations papers to the IEC on Tuesday, November 2, for consideration as a presidential candidate. I thank you all for the support and encouragement and we are now more than ever before ready to win the elections and start the process of transforming our country for the benefit of this generation and the next. The sacrifices we make and continue to make for our country is worth it and we will make the same sacrifices again when the need arises. For us, country comes first before anything else”. 

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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