Gambia’s capital Banjul was on festive mood on Thursday following the arrival of President Adama Barrow. Former President Yahya Jammeh is in exile in Equatorial Guinea following his outster by the 7000 strong West African forces after 22 years of increasingly repressive rule marked by alleged torture and killings of opponents. Barrow has asked the West African military contingent to remain in Gambia for another six months.
Barrow who won a Dec. 1 election was earlier inaugurated at the Gambian Embassy in neighbouring Senegal.
On roads leading to the airport, Gambians wearing T-shirts with Barrow’s picture blew whistles, banged calabash drums and sang in Fula language, “We welcome you our president, our hope, our solution,” as Senegalese soldiers looked on.
Mohamed Ibn Chambas, U.N. Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel, who accompanied Barrow back to Banjul, pledged to provide assistance to help Gambia’s new government investigate human rights abuses under Jammeh.
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