Halifa Sallah

Halifa Sallah is a Gambian politician. He was the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly of the Gambia and a member of the Pan-African Parliament. He represented the constituency Serrekunda Central until the 25 January 2007 National Assembly election, in which he lost to Sainey Jaiteh of the ruling APRC.

Sallah is the leader of the People's Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS) and one of the main figures in the opposition coalition National Alliance for Democracy and Development (NADD). He also publishes Foroyaa, an independent newspaper.[1]

In June 2005 Sallah was, along with the other three opposition MPs, expelled from the National Assembly on the grounds of dual party membership. NADD had been registered as a political party and the Supreme Court of the Gambia judged that it went against the Gambian Constitution to belong to two parties at the same time. Critics claimed that the move was nothing but an attempt to silence the parliamentary opposition, as there was nothing in the Constitution regulating political alliances. On 29 September a by-election was held, in which Sallah was reelected with a huge margin.

On November 15, 2005, Sallah was arrested along with two other opposition leaders on the grounds of subversion, accused of having collaborated with the President of Senegal.

Sallah was a candidate in the September 2006 presidential election, taking third place and 5.98% of the vote.[2]

Sallah lost his seat in the January 2007 parliamentary election. While not mentioning Sallah by name, it was thought that President Yahya Jammeh was referring to Sallah and Hamat Bah when he expressed satisfaction at the defeat of "the two empty barrels in the National Assembly". Salleh blamed the opposition's poor performance in the election on a split in its ranks and said that he intended to retire from politics and concentrate on writing.[3]

On March 8, 2009, he was arrested again and brought to the central prison "Mile II". The regime suspected him of spying.[4] The charges were dropped "in the interest of peace and justice" on March 25.[5]

Sallah was reportedly detained in June 2009 when he went to visit a group of detained journalists at the National Intelligence Agency.[1] He was held overnight and then released on bail.[6]


  1. 1 2 "Gambia opposition leader detained". Panapress. Archived from the original on June 21, 2009. Retrieved June 19, 2009.
  2. Elections in The Gambia, African Elections Database. Retrieved February 27, 2007
  3. "Gambian President laughs at opponents". afrol News. January 29, 2007. Retrieved August 21, 2008.
  4. "Gambia: Leave Halifa Sallah Alone". allafrica.com. March 24, 2009. Retrieved April 7, 2009.
  5. Fabakary B. Ceesay (March 20, 2009). "Foroyaa: "Charges Against Halifa Sallah Dropped". Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved April 8, 2009.
  6. "Opposition leader, journalist released on bail". Panapress. Archived from the original on March 19, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2009.
This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 9/7/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.