President Barrow visits President Jawara

President Barrow visits President Jawara

President Sir Dawda Jawara received at his residence Gambia’s new President Adama Barrow, who paid a courtesy call to the elderly statesman and founder of the nation.

The historic visit is the first of its kind for two leaders that were democratically elected by the people of the Gambia.

Mr. Jawara congratulated Mr. Barrow on his victory and offered his guidance and counseling.

Sir Dawda Jawara was Prime Minister of The Gambia from 1965 to 1970 when he was elected president. He was ousted in a coup by his bodyguard, former President Yahya Jammeh in 1994.

Jammeh became a self-serving dictator and was defeated by Barrow in the December elections. He refused to step down giving way to a regional military intervention to flush him out.

It will be the second of such intervention after the Senegalese thwarted a 1981 rebellion led by Marxist leader Kukoi Samba Sanyang.

Jawara returned to the Gambia in 2002 after being in exile for nearly a decade in the UK. Jammeh has also left the Gambia and in exile in Equatorial Guinea.

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