Muhammed Magasy, an independent National Assembly member representing Basse constituency, has expressed his support for President Adama Barrow to complete his 5-year constitutional term.
The Gambian leader Barrow came to power on the backing of seven political parties and 3 independent candidates.
One of the independent candidates, Isatou Touray, is the current vice president while the others, Muhammed Magasy and Buba Ayi Sanneh, were lawmakers.
During their campaign, Barrow and the coalition campaigned on the mandate of a 3-year transition. However, the Gambian leader has changed his mind regarding the 3 years.
The Coalition became divided with Peoples Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism holding a view that the president should resign after 3 years.
The United Democratic Party whose leader Ousainu Darboe initially back the President for the completion of his term is now calling for him to resign.
The UDP issued a statement on Wednesday calling for the President to step down after 3 years.
However, the rest of the Coalition 2016 stakeholders are supporting Barrow to the completion of his 5-year term. Magassy is one of them.
“I am with the President for five years,” said Magassy at a press conference on Thursday evening at his office along Kairaba Avenue.
“As a National Assembly member, I swore to defend the constitution. And as such, I would stay with the President for the completion of his term. The constitution says if you are elected, you serve for a period of five years…”