New Gambia President Finally To Return Home
Gambia’s new President, Adama Barrow, will be returning to his country this evening to assume power, days after his predecessor left.
Barrow, who has been staying in neighbouring Senegal, won elections in December last year.
However a handover was stalled when Gambia’s president of 22 years, Yahya Jammeh, refused to step aside.
He left for exile at the weekend after mediation by regional leaders and the threat of military intervention.
Barrow was sworn in as president at the Gambian embassy in Senegal a week ago, but a public inauguration on home soil is planned soon, aides say.
Barrow, 51, expects a “big, big welcome” when he arrives back in Banjul. he told the International Business Times UK.
“I think it will be the biggest in the history of our country.”
He added that he was “very excited” after the “very difficult transition”.
The president is to be accompanied by the UN envoy for West Africa, Mohamed ibn Chambas. He has said the UN will help uphold security in The Gambia.
Several thousand West African soldiers remain in The Gambia amid reports that rogue pro-Jammeh elements are embedded in the country’s security forces.