President Adama Barrow Arrived in The Gambia to Claim His Presidency
nsnbc : President Adama Barrow who elections in December 2016 and was inaugurated in Senegal earlier this month as ex-president Yahya Jammeh refused to step down finally arrived in The Gambia’s capital Banjul to fulfill his functions as president.
Barrow was welcomed by jubilant supporters who welcomes the new President Adama Barrow after a 22-year-long presidency of Yahya Jammeh. Barrow was dressed in traditional white robes as he stepped off the plane on Thursday. Barrow was accompanied by heavily-armed troops from Senegal and Nigeria.
He was sworn in at the Gambia’s embassy in Senegal on January 15 and Jammeh only stepped down after the threat of military intervention. It is noteworthy that the legality of such an intervention has been questioned. Jammeh stepped down after he had reached an agreement that there would be no repression of his supporters, asset seizing, that the moved into exile and was free to return with all his legal rights intact at any time.
Barrow, who was accompanied by his two wives and some of his children, was welcomed by military officials and senior members of his coalition government. His return marks The Gambia’s first democratic transfer of power.
Hundreds gathered at the airport awaiting Barrow’s arrival, with drummers and dancers firing up the crowds as Nigerian and Senegalese soldiers looked on. Around 4,000 west African troops remain in The Gambia. They have received a mandate to “ensure safety” allegedly because it is believed rogue pro-Jammeh elements within the security forces that were once under his personal control could attempt to reverse the result of the elections.
It is in part because of this “atmosphere” that Jammeh insisted that there should be no witch-hunt and persecution. However, Marcel Alain de Souza, head of the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) commission said: “President Adama Barrow has asked us to remain for two or three weeks to see if there are arms caches or mercenaries hiding out”.
Earlier this week he said that ECOWAS is ready to muster a force of up to 7,000 troops. Yahyah Jammeh has left for Equatorial Guinea where he will be in self-imposed exile until he eventually chooses to return to The Gambia.
CH/L – nsnbc 26.01.2017