Adama Barrow
Adama Barrow

(JollofNews) – Gambia’s newly elected president is urging exiles who fled during the 22-year reign of his predecessor to return from abroad and help him reform the tiny West African country.

In an interview with The Associated Press the day after his upset election win, Adama Barrow on Saturday also vowed to free all political prisoners and declared the birth of “a new Gambia.”

A former businessman and now real estate mogul who became the unlikely head of a formidable opposition coalition, the 51-year-old Barrow says he plans to preside over a three-year transition before another presidential election is held.

He also says he wants to reverse President Yahya Jammeh’s decisions to pull out of both the Commonwealth, a group made up mostly of former British colonies, and the International Criminal Court.