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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Gov’t withdraws motion to extend emergency

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By Momodou Darboe &
Mafugi Ceesay

The Gambia government on Tuesday withdrew a motion for the extension of the State of Public Emergency, The Standard can report.
The government had earlier sought an extension from the legislature for 45 days but lawmakers could not consider it because the executive has reportedly communicated its position not to proceed with it on Tuesday.

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“We have received communication from the executive this morning that the government is not proceeding with its motion for the extension of the State of Public Emergency. Therefore, in consultation with the assembly Business Committee, the motion would not be tabled today as earlier placed on the Order Paper for today,” the Speaker of the National Assembly told legislators.

Three weeks ago, majority of lawmakers refused to give another lease of life to government’s Covid-19 emergency powers, citing instances of lack of robust enforcement of the regulations by the authorities.

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