Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has returned to a nation to assume energy – days after his prototype Yahya Jammeh left to go into exile.
President Barrow’s craft overwhelmed down during Banjul airfield where jubilant crowds waited to acquire him. After landing, he tweeted: “I’m finally home #Gambia.”
Mr Barrow, who has been in beside Senegal, won elections in December.
However a handover was stalled when Mr Jammeh, Gambia’s boss of 22 years, refused to step aside.
He left for exile during a weekend after involvement by informal leaders and a hazard of infantry intervention.
Mr Barrow, dressed in white robes and a cap, stepped off a craft in Banjul as heavily armed infantry from Senegal and Nigeria stood by.
Overhead, a warrior jet from a West African force guaranteeing a new president’s confidence achieved fly-pasts.
“I am a happy male today,” Mr Barrow told a contributor from a Associated Press in a vanquish during a airport, adding: “I consider a bad partial is finished now.”
The boss pronounced his priority was to designate his cupboard and “then get a round rolling”.
The BBC’s Umaru Fofana in Banjul pronounced that thousands of people had attempted to force their approach into a airfield to see Mr Barrow lapse and they detonate into jubilee as shortly as his craft overwhelmed down.
President Barrow was driven from a airfield in a procession of cars and waved to a crowds who lined a route.
Supporter Ibrahima Gaye pronounced Mr Barrow would be opposite from Mr Jammeh “in all aspects”.
“We have been vital underneath persecution for 22 years. You can go home during night and nap though worrying we will be arrested before daybreak,” he said.
President Barrow is staying during his possess home while a confidence comment is carried out during a central residence, State House.
Mr Barrow was sworn in as boss during a Gambian embassy in Senegal a week ago, though a open coronation on home dirt is designed soon, aides say.
The UN attach� for West Africa, Mohamed ibn Chambas, has pronounced a UN will assistance pledge confidence in The Gambia.
Several thousand West African soldiers sojourn in The Gambia amid reports that brute pro-Jammeh elements are embedded in a country’s confidence forces.
The West African force had threatened to expostulate Mr Jammeh from bureau if he did not establish to go.
The new boss has asked for a force to sojourn in The Gambia for 6 months.
His orator Halifa Sallah pronounced an coronation was being designed for a inhabitant track in Banjul. “It will be an arise to uncover strength. Everyone will be invited. The boss will residence his people,” he told Senegalese radio.
Mr Jammeh, who was a 29-year-old army major when he came to energy in a 1994 coup, had refused to accept a formula of a Dec election.
After his departure, reports emerged that some-more than $11m (£8.8m) had left from The Gambia’s state coffers.
However a presidential confidant pronounced a military had been asked to examine and would establish if anything was missing.
Mr Jammeh has not commented on a allegations.
In other developments, council has cancelled a state of puncture announced by Mr Jammeh final week. It also revoked legislation that would have extended a life for a serve 90 days.
Quick facts: Adama Barrow
- Member of a Fula racial group, innate in 1965 – a year of Gambian independence
- Reportedly worked as a confidence ensure in a UK in a early 2000s while study there
- Returned home in 2006 to set adult skill business
- Supports English Premier League football group Arsenal
- Nominated as a claimant for bloc of 7 antithesis parties, earnest larger honour for tellurian rights
- A righteous Muslim who is reportedly married with dual wives and 5 children