Tens of thousands flock to Barrow’s inauguration in Gambia

A photo made available 27 January 2017 of Gambia's new president Adama Barrow standing in a car while being cheered by supporters as he arrives from the airport in Banjul, Gambia, 26 January 2017. GAMBIA CRISIS
A photo made available 27 January 2017 of Gambia’s new president Adama Barrow standing in a car while being cheered by supporters as he arrives from the airport in Banjul, Gambia, 26 January 2017. GAMBIA CRISIS

Tens of thousands of Gambians on Saturday flocked to the inauguration of the country’s third president, Adama Barrow, following months of uncertainty after his predecessor Yahya Jammeh refused to give up power.

The stadium where the inauguration was due to take place was packed with an estimated 25,000 people, including the presidents of Ghana, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and Mauritania.

Barrow had already been sworn in on January 19 in neighbouring Senegal, where he fled for security reasons after weeks of political impasse following the December 1 election.

After regional pressure and the threat of arrest by West African troops that had entered Gambia, Jammeh eventually conceded defeat and went into exile in Equatorial Guinea, allowing Barrow to return on January 26.

Songs and shouts of slogans filled the stadium, where many wore pro-Barrow T-shirts.

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SOURCES: News Now/DPA/EBL News

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.