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>> Their first new leader in decades. Gambia businessman Adama Borders surprised victory over President Yahya Jammeh who took power in a coup in 1994. A rare show of defiance against a man who's claimed only god could remove him from office. Reuters West Africa correspondent, Ed McAllister.>> Adama Barrow has gained a lot of strength partly because of Jammeh's 22-year rule.
Many people see him as an outlet, a refreshing change. Many Gambians who are under 18, a large portion of the country, have never even known another ruler. He is supported by eight united opposition parties, which is unprecedented.>> Jammeh's eccentricity is famous. Making headlines for calls to behead homosexuals, he's imprisoned hundreds on suspicion of witchcraft.
Last year he declared the state an Islamic Republic, in a seemingly snap decision. Human rights groups have accused him of imprisoning and torturing opponents. And he barred European observers from monitoring this election, even blacking out the Internet, and international calls nationwide. But what comes next?>> The question of what a Barrow presidency would look like is essential to many Gambians.
And in fact, many don't even have the answer. He's a relative unknown. He hasn't held any kind of significant office before. He said that he wants to strengthen the economy. He said he'll only stand for three years. But really, for many Gambians who have seen this kind of talk before, we'll have to wait and see.
Gambia's sluggish economy has driven thousands to flee to Europe every year, making it an out-size contributor to the migrant crises, a massive hurdle for Barrow to overcome. For now, a new historic moment for the country, and maybe a new era.