The U.S. government is applauding Gambians for their commitment to democracy and the restraint they have shown that warded off a violent end to the political standoff in the country.
The UN hopes that the peaceful resolution of the crisis followed by the return to constitutional will set the foundation for an inclusive national reconciliation, and open a new chapter in the history of The Gambia.
“The peaceful attitude of the Gambians during the election and during the crisis demonstrates their determination to build a unified, democratic and a prosperous country,” said Mohamed Ibn Chambas, UN Envoy for West Africa and the Sahel.
The UN has dispatched officials to assistant the Gambia’s new government with its transition program.
The U.S. government said it looking forward to working closing with the Barrow administration.
The European Union, which have been supporting the peaceful transfer of power in The Gambia has threatened to put sanctions on former President Yahya Jammeh, whose last minute decision to cede power was ‘appreciated’ by U.S. authorities.
Thousands of people lined the streets of Gambia’s capital on Thursday to welcome home the new President days after authoritarian leader Yahya Jammeh fled into exile under pressure from regional forces.
Barrow, a former real estate agent, won a Dec. 1 election but Jammeh refused to step down, forcing his opponent to be inaugurated at the Gambian Embassy in neighboring Senegal.