After 22 years of dictatorship, The Gambia is steeling itself to face up to its troubled past of arbitrary arrests, torture and lives spent in exile.
The country's new president has been trying to assert control and clear out vestiges of former ruler Jammeh's feared regime.
With Adama Barrow due to be sworn in on January 19, the Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh insists the legal route is the only "peaceful resolution".
Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh has vowed to stay in power despite losing to rival Adama Barrow during the December 1 2016 election.
The eccentric head of state has seemingly left the presidents-for-life club.
Voting against Jammeh on Thursday was a rare show of defiance against a leader who human rights groups say routinely crushes dissent.
Gambian opposition leader Adama Barrow said he was still waiting for an official result from the commission but that his own count showed he had won.
The opposition relies on messaging applications and texts to organise mobile rallies that have seen roads blocked repeatedly over the last week.