Gambian President Adama Barrow officially inaugurated after standoff

Gambia’s new president marks inauguration as nation cheers

Gambians, in their thousands, converged on Independence Stadium in Bakau to celebrate the inauguration of Adama Barrow and the country's independence day on Saturday.

Mr Barrow was sworn into office a month ago during a brief exile in Senegal as Yahya Jammeh refused to accept his defeat in a December election.

The first took place in Senegal last month for security reasons after Barrow fled to the neighboring country despite being declared the victor in Gambia's December 1 election. Gambians also cheered Independent Electoral Commission chairman Alieu Momarr Njai, who had to flee to Senegal during the political crisis after standing by the election results that showed Barrow's win.

Barrow is only the third president in the history of The Gambia.




After weeks of worldwide pressure, Jammeh eventually conceded defeat and went into exile in Equatorial Guinea, allowing Barrow to return on January 26.

Already, Barrow has committed to stay in the International Criminal Court (ICC), rejoin the Commonwealth, and free political prisoners. Jammeh was eventually forced into self-exile and Barrow returned to Gambia.

Indeed, this was a proud moment for the Economic community of West African States-ECOWAS.

Gambia's economy depends on exports of groundnuts from small-scale farming and on the hard currency brought in by thousands of tourists drawn to its sun, white sandy beaches and lively resorts.

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