Adama Barrow, Gambia’s newly re-elected president in his first news conference since the election on Tuesday said that his government plans to draft a new constitution that would introduce presidential term limits.
Barrow comfortably won re-election on Sunday with 53% of Saturday’s vote under the current simple-majority system, which election observers have said was conducted fairly despite challenges from some opposition candidates who initially rejected the results.
A new constitution would restructure the polling process to include potential runoff polls if no candidate wins 50% of the votes, Barrow added.
“I promise Gambians and the world that my government will introduce a new constitution, which will include term limits and absolute majority,” Barrow said.
But he fell short of saying whether he personally would seek additional mandates.
The 56-year-old former security guard and property developer will officially begin his second five-year term on January 19.
The current constitution, drafted in 1997 at the start of former President Yahya Jammeh’s tyrannical 22-year rule, does not include term limits.
Gambia’s parliament last year rejected a revised constitution that included a two-term limit.