Some watchers speculate the early disclosure of plans to prosecute Jammeh for his poor human rights record within a year of Barrow taking office might have prompted a change of heart by the sitting president. Jammeh had surprised Gambians and onlookers around the world with his gracious acceptance of the results and by calling Barrow live on national TV to congratulate him. In the days since the election, some of Jammeh’s political prisoners have been released from captivity.

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