Triumphant celebrations await Gambia’s new president’s return

Triumphant celebrations await Gambia’s new president’s return

Gambians are excited to welcome their new President Adama Barrow to the island capital, Banjul to take over power after the exit of former longtime autocratic ruler Yahya Jammeh.

Barrow is expected in Banjul on Thursday.

Barrow had been holed up in Dakar, the capital of neighboring Senegal, over safety concerns. He was sworn in last week at the Gambian embassy in Dakar where he authorized regional forces to enter the West African country and arrest Jammeh.

Jammeh fled to Equatorial Guinea after a last-minute diplomatic effort by Mauritanian and Guinean presidents to avert the military intervention backed by the international community.

ECOMIG troops have demobilized Gambian soldiers and secured the seat of the president ahead of Mr. Barrow’s arrival.

Barrow promised to reverse some of former President Yahya Jammeh controversial decisions including his move to withdraw the Gambia from the International Criminal Court and Commonwealth, and declaring the Gambia an Islamic Republic.

He has working with a vetting committee to ensure that all his cabinet picks are in line with the constitution, after naming former UN official Fatoumata Tambajang as his vice presidential nominee.

Barrow won the December 1 presidential polls, after he secured the backing of eight opposition groups. His new government has started releasing political prisoners held by the regime of Yahya Jammeh.

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