Gambia’s President Adama Barrow will be inaugurated in a grand ceremony to be attended by all West African leaders next month, during the country’s 52nd independence anniversary celebrations.
Barrow, who is backed by seven opposition groups won elections last month defeating longstanding ruler Yahya Jammeh.
The Gambia gained independence from Great Britain on February 18, 1965, and President Barrow was born two days before the day, the same year. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend the ceremony that seek to show Gambians their vote matters.
The new Gambian leader was sworn-in at the Gambia’s embassy in neighboring Senegal where he was held over security concerns.
Thousands of people came out on Thursday to welcome Barrow home after a nearly month-long stay in Dakar.
Residents of this country of 1.9 million, the smallest on the African mainland, have been exuberant after more than two decades of life under Jammeh.
Jammeh fled to exile after a regional military force was poised to take dislodge him. The situation was chaotic after Jammeh refused to cede power but ended without the violence that many feared, forcing them to flee.
The UN has called on the international community to financially assist the Gambia’s new government in paying salaries and reviving the economy after Jammeh left the state coffers empty.
Normalcy is returning and tourists from the United Kingdom have begun flying back to The Gambia, a week after thousands of them were evacuated.