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Singer Sandeng joins politics to honor father

Her father, Solo Sandeng, allegedly died while in state custody after being detained for leading a street protest demanding electoral reforms.

Sandeng has now taken the plunge into politics to honor her father, who was a prominent executive member of the main opposition party, United Democratic Party.

The famous singer, who now lives in self-imposed exile in Senegal, is one of the founders of a new movement called New Gambia, headquartered in Dakar.

In a statement, she said: “A New Gambia is possible if the young people are ready to reclaim their country.”

Sandeng continued: “Sixty percent of the Gambia’s population consists of young people and they can decide to vote out Jammeh come December 2016 presidential elections.”

According to her, the fundamental principles of democracy have been so weak in governing of The Gambia for over the past two decades.

The establishment of Sandeng’s new movement was warmly received by hundreds of her fans online.  Some praised her for picking up her father's torch and carrying on his legacy in Gambian politics.

One Abdou Touray wrote: “Great daughter of a great man. Your Dad has left a legacy for himself and his progeny.”

“Like father like daughter. Seems like bravery is in the Sandeng family blood. You deserve admiration and support. Efforts will pay off!” added Sanjally Jobarteh.

Sandeng was the lead vocalist for the Humanity Starz. She was one of the country’s most promising young singers before quitting music to join the banking sector. 

 

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