Gambia's new president, Adama Barrow, inaugurated without glitches

By Drum Digital
20 January 2017

The inauguration ceremony of the new Gambian President, Adama Barrow, went smoothly

at the Gambian Embassy in Senegal, without any interference by former President Yahya Jammeh on Thursday afternoon.

Gambians were anxious about the process, following Jammeh’s desperate attempts to stop the process from taking place, in his attempts to retain power.

At the ceremony, Barrow called on the West and African countries to support the decision of Gambians who elected him as president.

“I make a special appeal Ecowas (Economic Community of West African States), African Union and Security Council to support the government and the people of Gambia to enforce their will, restore their sovereignty and constitutional legitimacy,” he says.

“I call on all citizens and the media and personal of the state to support my presidency since it is from the constitutional founders,” he adds. “Long live the united people of Gambia. Forward ever, backward never.”

After the inauguration, Barrow was met by a cheerful crowd who waved at him as he drove away in a convoy.

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