By Arnold Hughes
A Political historical past of the Gambia: 1816-1994 is the 1st whole account of the political background of the previous British West African dependency to be written. It uses a lot hitherto unconsulted or unavailable British and Gambian reputable and personal documentary assets, in addition to interviews with many Gambian politicians and previous British colonial officers. the 1st a part of the e-book charts the origins and features of contemporary politics in colonial Bathurst (Banjul) and its enlargement into the Gambian inside (Protectorate) within the 20 years after global conflict II. via independence in 1965, older urban-based events within the capital were defeated by way of a brand new, rural-based political agency, the People's innovative get together (PPP). the second one a part of the publication analyzes the potential during which the PPP, less than President Sir Dawda Jawara, succeeded in defeating either present and new rival political events and an tried coup in 1981. The booklet closes with an evidence of the dying of the PPP by the hands of a military coup in 1994. The e-book not just establishes these particular points of Gambian political heritage, but in addition relates those to the broader local and African context, in the course of the colonial and independence classes.
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Barrett (who admittedly used to be sympathetic to him and antagonistic to Small) claimed in 1947 that the GATU possessed among 250 and 1,000 participants and the GLU under 50. If switched over into votes, this might end up a decisive issue. additionally, GarbaJahumpa may perhaps also be capable of flip his relative loss of political event to his virtue. within the 1938 Nigerian Legislative Council election, for instance, the Nigerian early life circulation effectively countered the claims of the Nigerian nationwide Democratic get together to own the better adventure by means of suggesting that during its fifteen years of illustration at the Legislative Council, it had comprehensive little. 36 Election effects regardless of those obvious risks, Small very easily headed the ballot. The turnout was once below could have been expected, given the significance of the The institution of celebration Politics, 1941–59 a hundred and fifteen celebration and the presence of 3 critical applicants; out of a possible voters of maybe 10,000, basically 5,580 electors registered and 3,195 truly voted (although this was once a better turnout than for the 1946 BTC election). This point of participation in comparison poorly with the inaugural election to the Sierra Leone Legislative Council in 1924 while 89 percentage of these registered had forged their votes, yet rather favorably with the inaugural elections to the Nigerian and Gold Coast Legislative Councils. however, the result was once decisive. Small won 1,491 votes (47 percentage of these solid) to the 1,018 of Fye (32 percent), and the 679 of Garba-Jahumpa (21 percent); Rendall and Finden Dailey polled a trifling seven votes among them. 37 Small used to be hence appointed to the Legislative Council for a three-year time period, in addition to to the administrative Council. the explanations for his luck are thought of under. First, and most crucial, it really is transparent that the citizens didn't vote alongside inflexible spiritual or ethnic traces. without doubt Small bought the votes of so much Aku and of so much Protestants, yet he should also were supported by means of a considerable variety of Muslims. to illustrate that he used to be now not exclusively a Christian Aku candidate, Small was once cautious to pick the Muslim Wolof dealer, A. W. M’Bye (his best friend within the controversy over the Pan-African Congress assembly in 1945), as considered one of his 3 nominators. without doubt he (or his supporters) additionally emphasised that Muslims have been continuously positioned in major positions in the exchange union and political businesses he verified and that, all through his profession, he have been keen to absorb the situations of Muslims (as good of Christians) with the experts. 38 backstage, Small extensively utilized Ousman Jeng, the nonetheless influential former legislative councilor, to fan the flames of latent hostility to Fye inside of components of the Muslim neighborhood in Bathurst. Jeng most likely additionally sought to cajole Muslim electorate that the openly sectarian stance followed by way of Garba-Jahumpa used to be out of maintaining with Gambian political traditions. 39 moment, it really is most probably that the voters thought of that Small have been liable for the fulfillment of the franchise.