Gambia’s longtime opposition leader, Halifa Sallah, has said his political party, PDOIS, sent an invitation “to CA (Citizens’ Alliance) and three other political parties for a discussion on coalition building for system change”.

In a signed statement released online, Sallah, said he was “still waiting for a response to to an invitation extended to CA” when the latter issued a statement this week.

CA in a press release also seen online said it initiated coalition talks among all opposition parties for a grand alliance back in September 2021.

“Apart from parties that have already thrown their weight behind Barrow, all the other opposition parties responded to this clarion call, except PDOIS.”

It added that talks started among ten parties, CA, Gambia for All (GFA), All People’s Party (APP), National Unity Party (NUP), Gambia Moral Congress (GMC), United Democratic Party (UDP), Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC), Alliance for National Reconstruction and Development (ANTD), Gambia Alliance for National Unity (GANU) and Gambia Action Party (GAP).

According to Sallah, PDOIS was invited and did respond to the overtures from CA and collaborating parties.

“PDOIS is yet to receive any response to the proposals it has made…” Sallah declared.

CA in its press release said in the end five parties remained in the talks, and did reached an agreement to form a common front called Alliance for Change 2021.

It would be recalled that the CA and three other parties, in connection with the common front, signed an MoU on Wednesday October 27 during a ceremony held at a local hotel in Banjul. 

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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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