Senegal’s President Macky Sall, who played the leading role in ending the Gambia’s political crisis and installing Adama Barrow as Gambia’s president arrived in Banjul on Friday to grace the new leader’s inauguration and the country’s independence celebrations.
Sall, 55, hosted President Barrow in the Senegalese capital, Dakar for nearly a month, when concerns were raised over his safety. Barrow was sworn-in as mainland Africa’s smallest country on January 19 at the Gambia’s embassy in Dakar.
It is the first democratic transition in the country’s history since it gained independence from Great Britain 52 years ago.
Senegal surrounds the Gambia and all three sides except for the West, which has a short Atlantic coastline.
It contributed the largest contigent of troops and led regional forces that intervened in the Gambia after its longtime selfserving ruler President Yahya Jammeh refused to cede power.
Senegal’s government sent nearly 50 VIP vehicles and motorcycles to the Gambia to transport the nearly two dozen Heads of State attending the inauguration and independence celebration.