Lawyer Mai Fatty
Mai Fatty, GMC Leader

(JollofNews) – The leader of Gambia’s opposition Gambia Moral Congress (GMC) has welcomed Dr Isatou Touray’s bid for the presidency of the West African state.

Mai Ahmad Fatty said he has no doubts about her patriotism and service to our country, and her proven commitment to her convictions.

Dr Isatou, a human rights activist and prominent advocate for the eradication of harmful traditional practices such as female genital mutilation is the first female to vie for the top job since the Gambia gained independence in 1965.

The Gambia will hold presidential election in December 2016, with legislative and local polls to follow in April 2017 and April 2018.

The small West African nation of less than two million people has been ruled by President Yahya Jammeh since 1994, when the then 29-year-old seized power in a bloodless coup.

Mr Jammeh who is eyeing a fifth term was re-elected in 2011 with 72 per cent of the

                                                                                                            Strong Record
Although Dr Touray has been a carer politician, the GMC leader said she has a strong public service

Dr Isatou Touray
Dr Isatou Touray

record and proven integrity to contest on.

“Unlike some typical career politicians who recently discovered the ‘convenience’ to contest, with questionable characters as key advisers, and using the bandwagon with crafted fanfare, she has a strong public service record and proven integrity to contest on, Mr Fatty wrote on his Facebook page.

“GMC looks forward to pragmatic partnership with all “genuine” stakeholders. It should be very clear, and at any price, that GMC shall openly fight against any arrangement or compromise, that would likely mortgage the future of the Gambia to certain vested interests or few persons. Unity, yes; but not unity at the peril of the nation’s sustainable interests.”