The Gambia’s President-Elect Adama Barrow said he would be reversing some of the controversial unilateral decisions made by President Yahya Jammeh.
Barrow, who won Thursday’s elections was not specific, but Jammeh took some decisions that were heavily shunned by citizens and the international community.
Jammeh in 2013 withdrew The Gambia from the Commonwealth calling the organization “a neo-colonial institution,” declared the small nation the world’s newest Islamic Republic in 2015 and withdrew it from the International Criminal Court in 2016.
Jammeh was eccentric and people are wary of the transitional period, although he chooses to leave peacefully. Gambians have greeted his loss at the polls with joy and his decision to concede with disbelief. Some said they will not be comfortable until he leaves the seat of the government, The State House at 13 Marina Parade. Jammeh still has loyalist within the army, especially in the elite presidential guard unit, State Guard, and the Republican National Guard.
A special force of the Guard, the Jungulars, a paramilitary unit only answerable to Mr. Jammeh has been accused of killings, torture, and enforced detentions.
Jammeh still has control of the military and his family empire still control many businesses. Some are afraid, a so-called coup can be hatched and eventually give Jammeh a prolonged stay or a comeback.
Gambia’s elections have been seen as a revolution by the people. Entrenched dictators are never ousted through elections. Jammeh himself said no election can end his rule and that he will rule for a billion years. He billion year rule lasted for only 22 years as The Gambian people realized power was with them not Mr. Jammeh.
Activists say it sends a signal that the country is on a new path and that the people of this small country will not allow any military coup to survive a day and that any attempt to subvert the wish of the people will be strongly crushed by the people as in Burkina Faso.