Kurang Endorses Halifa Sallah for President


Alagie Mamadi Kurang, one of the rejected Independent candidates, has finally thrown his weight behind longtime opposition leader Halifa Sallah of PDIOS.

In a video announcement on Wednesday evening, Kurang, whose appeal was dismissed by the IEC, said his program and policies are aligned to that of PDIOS, thus his endorsement for Halifa Sallah.

“After several consultations, I have come to general agreement. We all agree that if we have to make to endorsement, the policies, principles, and plans of the party or candidate we going to endorsing is important.

“The competency and vision of the candidate is equally important. We believe that we must have a candidate that can solve economic issues in the country.

“We agree identity of youth for change must be maintained, and we must continue to participate in the coming elections – be it National Assembly or council elections.

“After so many consultations with so many people, I have come to the decision to make. I hereby unconditionally endorsed PDIOS Candidate for President for Dec 4 elections,” he said in the video statement.

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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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