Gambia completes drafting of new constitution

Source: Xinhua| 2020-04-01 00:46:56|Editor: huaxia

BANJUL, March 31 (Xinhua) -- The Chairman of Gambian Constitutional Review Commission Cherno Sulayman Jallow said Tuesday the drafting of the Constitution has been completed and submitted to the presidency on Monday.

"The draft constitution we are publishing today is an embodiment of hopes and aspirations of the people of The Gambia," he said during a press conference this Tuesday.

According to him, in the new Constitution, the president is given a free hand to nominate and appoint his or her vice president.

"However, ministerial appointments are subjected to National Assembly confirmation which must be carried out within fourteen days after. Where it decides not to confirm a candidate, it is obligated [on the legislature] to provide its reasons to the president in writing within three days of that decision. Any failure in that regard shall deem a candidate to be approved," he explained.

He stated the National Assembly will be guided by an established standard to ensure that the process is concentrated on substances and not base on differences of ideology, belief or political affiliation.

The Speaker of the House also will no longer be nominated by the president but voted, according to Jallow.

The draft constitution will be taken for a referendum for approval or rejection.

The Constitution Review Commission was established in 2017 to draft a new constitution with best standard. Enditem