People's Progressive Party (The Gambia)

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Gambian People's Progressive Party
LeaderOmar A. Jallow
Founded1959
IdeologyCentrism
Agrarianism
Political positionCentre-left[1]
National Assembly
2 / 58
Website
pppgambia.com

The People's Progressive Party is a moderate political party in the Gambia. It was the dominant ruling party from 1965 with president Dawda Jawara. He was elected for a sixth term of office in 1992, but was overthrown in a coup by young army officers in 1994. The party was banned from the 1996 and 1997 elections.

In 2005, the PPP joined the opposition National Alliance for Democracy and Development (NADD).

The PPP was part of the Coalition 2016 for the 2016 presidential election, where Adama Barrow was declared the coalition's candidate and subsequently won.[2]

History[edit]

The party was founded in 1959 as the Protectorate People's Party (PPP), but just before the 1960 elections, it was changed to People's Progressive Party. The party won the 1962 election, and in October 1963, upon the attainment of self-government, their leader, Dawda Jawara, became Prime Minister of the Gambia. With the republican referendum in 1970, Jawara became the first President of the Gambia.[3]

Electoral performance[edit]

Presidential elections[edit]

Election date Party candidate Number of votes received Percentage of votes
1982 Dawda Jawara 137,020 72.44
1987 Dawda Jawara 123,385 59.18
1992 Dawda Jawara 117,549 58.48

Parliamentary elections[edit]

Election Votes Vote % Seats Outcome of election
1960 25,490 36.9%
9 / 19
United Party government
1962 56,343 57.7%
18 / 32
People's Progressive Party majority
1966 81,313 65.3%
24 / 32
People's Progressive Party majority
1972 65,388 63.0%
28 / 32
People's Progressive Party majority
1977 123,297 69.6%
29 / 35
People's Progressive Party majority
1982 102,545 61.7%
27 / 35
People's Progressive Party majority
1987 119,248 56.4%
31 / 36
People's Progressive Party majority
1992 109,059 54.3%
25 / 36
People's Progressive Party majority
2017 9,503 2.5%
2 / 58
United Democratic Party majority

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Opposition win majority of seats in General Election". Trade Bridge Consultants. 10 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Gambian Opposition Parties Set to Select a Single Candidate for December polls at a Convention". GAINAKO. 30 October 2016.
  3. ^ Bellagamba, Alice (2016). "Solo Darboe, Former Diamond Dealer: Transnational Connections and Home Politics in the Twentieth-Century Gambia". The Upper Guinea Coast in Global Perspective. Berghahn Books. p. 282.