New hope for the people of Gambia as Barrow takes office

Hundreds of individuals lined the streets of Gambia’s capital on Thursday to welcome residence the brand new President days after authoritarian chief Yahya Jammeh fled into exile beneath stress from regional forces.

Barrow, a former actual property agent, received a Dec. 1 election however Jammeh refused to step down, forcing his opponent to be inaugurated on the Gambian Embassy in neighboring Senegal.

“A brand new web page in Gambian historical past is being turned,” mentioned Mohamed Ibn Chambas, U.N. Particular Consultant for West Africa and the Sahel, who helped negotiate Jammeh’s exit, shortly earlier than accompanying Barrow to Banjul.

Barrow’s shock poll field victory and the dedication of Western and African international locations to uphold it’s being celebrated as a second of democratic hope for Africa.