Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has returned to the West African nation to take over power after a close to a month-long stay in neighboring Senegal.
Barrow was seen off at the Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport by Senegalese President Macky Sall.
He was sworn-in at the Gambian Embassy in Dakar, the Senegalese capital.
Mr. Barow said he was excited to return home after a very difficult transition.
He defeated longtime ruler President Yahya Jammeh in the December 1 presidential elections. Jammeh at first accepted defeat but a political standoff was ignited after he made a political fumble and refused to cede power.
Thousands of people came to the Banjul International Airport in Yundum to welcome their new president. They were singing, drumming and screaming in joy.
Gambians have been awaiting this moment and were gradually calling on President Barrow to return home. They said it was long overdue for him to return home to fill the power vacuum left by Jammeh’s unceremonious exit.
(Reporting and Writing by Sam Phatey; Additional Reporting and Editing by Sainey MK Marenah)