Gambian president Adama Barrow, arrived in Banjul on Thursday, amid rousing welcome accorded to him by a jubilant crowd. The president, who was temporarily hosted in Senegal, following the country’s month long political impasse, was welcomed by thousands of Gambians across the political spectrum. He was accorded a guard of honor upon arrival at the airport.
After inspecting the security forces, who assembled to welcome him a musical entertainment, the president shook hand with the waiting diplomatic community, the Transition Team members, and members of civil society before proceeding to his private home.
A beaming president Barrow replaces the exiled Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh, who had earlier refused to cede power. Mr. Barrow won the December, 1st elections. Jammeh vacated the presidency amid reports of an ECOWAS force invasion. He now lives in Equatorial Guinea with his family.
President’s Barrow’s Vice president Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang was also at the airport to receive the president. Also among at the airport was opposition leader Ousainou Darboe, Halifa Sallah and other Transition leaders.
Mr. Barrow is yet to officially announce his cabinet. He is expected to name his cabinet in coming hours.
The head of the ECOWAS troops told news men that they are not in Banjul for peacekeeping, but on a mission to help shape the affairs of the Transition.