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Gambian President Adama Barrow delivers an address at Chatham House in London Gambian President Adama Barrow delivers an address at Chatham House in London, April 18, 2018 (photo courtesy of Chatham House).

Barrow’s Alliance with Jammeh Deflates Gambians’ Hopes for Justice

Friday, Oct. 1, 2021

BANJUL, Gambia—When Adama Barrow took office as president of Gambia in 2017, it inspired hope for justice in a country that had just suffered through 22 years of brutal and repressive rule under Yahya Jammeh. The dictator had tried to cling to power despite losing the 2016 election to Barrow, sparking a constitutional crisis that was only defused through a military intervention by the main regional bloc, the Economic Community of West African States.

But any hope of justice for the victims of Jammeh’s abuses has now largely collapsed. On Sept. 4, the interim leader of Jammeh’s APRC party, Fabakary Tombong Jatta, announced an electoral alliance with Barrow’s newly formed National People’s Party, or NPP.  ...

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