Yahya Jammeh’s dictatorship cost us our friends and our new democracy won them back

Yahya Jammeh’s dictatorship cost us our friends and our new democracy won them back

Relations between The Gambia and many of its friends strained after erstwhile President Yahya Jammeh took power in 1994. He swiftly took the Gambia from a formal policy of non-alignment to becoming an anti-progressive bigot.

Relations between The Gambia and its neighbors strained, including Senegal, with which surrounds it and shares the same culture.

The country’s main development partners, like the EU withdrew assistance and former colonial master, UK gave its back.

On Saturday, more than 15 Head of States attended the inauguration of the new President Adama Barrow and Gambia’s development partners are pumping in more than US$250 million in development and budgetary aid.

For the first time, even UK’s Foreign Secretary and EU Commission for the first time visited the country; and our strained relations with Senegal has been quickly fixed.

West African leaders and the international community, including the UN, backed President Adama Barrow after his election victory. When Jammeh refused to cede power, they took swift action to ensure constitutional rule is restored.

Gambia has indeed regained its lost glory and its many friends are all rushing back to embrace the New Gambia.

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