Gambia’s new president arrived the country Thursday and people in thousands lined up the street to welcome him back home from Senegal flowing fled of authoritarian leader Yahya Jammeh into exile under pressure from regional forces.
The new President Adama Barrow won a December 1 general election but he was refused to take the chair by Jammeh.
Barrow was inaugurated in neighboring Senegal at the Gambian Embassy following continuous refusal of Jammeh to step down.
The president was dressed in a long white, ethnic African tunic. He was greeted by hundreds of diplomats and officials while he stepped out of a small plane and walked down a red carpet in capital Banjul.
UN Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, said a new page in the country’s history has been turned.
Meanwhile, Jammeh said in his last address to the nation through the national television it was his duty to preserve lives of Gambians at every instant.
He added he has decided to relinquish the mantle of leadership of Gambia with gratitude to all the citizens.
About 24 hours earlier his stepping down Senegal military entered the country to force his accept the December 1 election results in which he has been defeated against opposition leader Adama Barrow.