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Biography of Halifa SALLAH

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Halifa Sallah is a  Gambian writer and political leader, .

He was the Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly and a member of the Pan-African Parliament. He represents the constituency Serrekunda Central until the 25 January 2007 national assembly elections 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). In June 2005 Sallah was, along with the other 3 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 15 November 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. His book Treatise On Founding A Federation Of African Republics The Road to African Unity, Democracy and Development The Third Phase of Pan Africanism was published in february 2008

Last update : 04/14/2008

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