By Adama Tine
Dr. Ismaila Ceesay, party leader and presidential candidate for the Citizens’ Alliance (CA), has officially renounced his Swedish citizenship to run for the 2021 Gambia’s presidential election set for December 4th.
It is stated in the Gambian Constitution that, a person who holds the citizenship or nationality of another country other than The Gambia (dual citizenship) will not be legible to run for president.
The CA presidential candidate, according to sources, obtained citizenship in Sweden in the late 1990s while residing and learning in the Scandinavian country.
Upon declaring his intention as candidate to contest for this year’s elections, Dr. Ceesay has been working on renouncing his Swedish citizenship which today has materialized.
According to a letter from the Swedish Migration Agency, the CA presidential candidate renunciation has been accepted with him officially no longer being a citizen of Sweden.
This came as the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced that nominations for the forthcoming presidential election will begin on 30th October and end on 5th November 2021.
When contacted, Dr Ceesay confirmed the development, adding that it will officially be announced by the CA national committee on Sunday.
“For me, it has always been The Gambia and Gambia first which is worth everything for me. This decision was made having taken into context the constitutional provision on dual citizenship to contest for the presidency,” the Brikama-born politician said.