The Gambia will not be leaving the International Criminal Court (ICC) after all.
According to President-elect Adama Barrow, the ICC was advocating good governance-and that was “our principal”.
Barrow in an exclusive interview with German DW television said that “there is no need for us to leave the ICC”.
“We will come back to the Commonwealth and will be part of all international organisations,” DW quoted Mr Barrow saying.
“The moment we take office, we will investigate most of the things that have taken place in this country.”
Gambia under President Yahya Jamme notified the United Nations that it was withdrawing from ICC, becoming the third African country to give formal notice of a pullout.
South Africa and Burundi also ignored appeals from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to reverse their decisions and have sent letters confirming that they are quitting the ICC.
Banjul’s decision to pull out of the court struck a personal blow against the tribunal’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, a Gambian lawyer and former Justice Minister.
Gambian Information Minister Sheriff Bojang charged that the ICC had been used “for the persecution of Africans and especially their leaders” while ignoring crimes committed by the West.
Mr Barrow defeated President Jammeh in a December 1 election, marking the end of a 22-year rule by the latter.