Tension have been building in The Gambia, a tiny West African country, over President Adama Barrow's decision to stay in office for five years after initially pledging to step down after three.
Gambian President Adama Barrow, who took charge last year after defeating Yahyah Jammeh, said the death penalty had been kept in place to create fear in people.
January 21 marks one year since Gambia's authoritarian president, Yahya Jammeh fled the country, marking the nation’s first-ever democratic transition after the West African Union intervened militarily.
Over 880,000 Gambians are eligible to vote for 53 seats in the country's national assembly for the first time since the departure of longtime leader Yahya Jammeh and 22 years of one-party rule.
Victims of former president Yahya Jammeh's brutal rule hope they will get justice under the administration of Gambia's new President Adama Barrow.
The president took oath one month after a small ceremony was held in the Gambian embassy in Senegal to swear him in when former leader Yahya Jammeh refused to transfer power despite losing elections.
Former president Yahya Jammeh fled into exile after the West African regional bloc persuaded him to hand over power. It marks the first democratic transition of power in the country's history.
Gambia has long been a popular tourist destination attracting nearly 2,000 visitors annually. But the economy is still struggling despite a change in the country's leadership.
Yahya Jammeh, a man who has been accused of pillaging state coffers, lost elections in December but refused to step down after ruling the country for 22 years.
Adama Barrow was forced take oath at the Gambian Embassy in neighbouring Senegal last week, while his predecessor Yahya Jammeh refused to step down.
The incoming Gambian administration is accusing Yahya Jammeh of stealing millions of dollars and shipping out luxury goods on the night he left the country.
Jammeh's departure ends a political crisis that erupted on his refusal to step down following last month's election defeat.
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