Gambia’s President Adama Barrow says the rule of fear under former dictator Yahya Jammeh has ended.
Former President Yahya Jammeh’s ruled ended Thursday after Barrow was sworn-in after the Gambia’s embassy in neighboring Senegal.
“The rule of fear has vanished from The Gambia for good. As you return home to rebuild your lives, let us not forget that Gambia itself needs to be rebuilt,” Barrow said.
The government of President Yahya Jammeh, in power since a 1994 coup, frequently committed serious human rights violations including arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, and torture against those who voiced opposition to the government.
The repression and abuses created a climate of fear within Gambia, generating increased attention from the international community.
West African troops were poised to oust Jammeh and install Barrow.
The push was paused in a last minute diplomatic attempt by Guinean and Mauritanian presidents for Jammeh to exit the country peacefully.
The former iron-fist ruler has been seen off by his close aides and will be flying out of Banjul with Guinea’s Alpha Conde to Conakry where he owns a home.