Gambian Attorney General and Minister of Justice Aboubacarr Tambadou said on Thursday the government will rewrite the 1997 Constitution, which will lead the country into the third republic.

“There was general consensus by a cross-section of the participants from Gambian religious, political, civil society and other communities at a national conference on Justice and Human Rights held in May, that, overall, the strategic objective of a return to sustainable democracy, would require the drafting of a new Constitution,” Tambadou explained.

Tambadou said the amendments to the 1997 Constitution will be too numerous and may not address all issues comprehensively.

“The Ministry of Justice, in consultation with the office of the Chief Justice, has now finalized a draft concept note and terms of reference for this constitutional review process,” he continued.

The Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) shall submit its report, together with a new draft constitution based on its public consultations, and shall last for not more than two years.

“The draft constitution shall be put to a referendum for adoption by the people of The Gambia,” he said.

This will be the third constitution of the Gambia since the independence. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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