Barrow sworn in as Gambian leader

Adama Barrow has been sworn in as president of The Gambia at a ceremony attended by African and western diplomats in Senegal.

His inauguration at the embassy of The Gambia in Dakar was as a result of the refusal by Yahya Jammeh to relinquish power despite his defeat at the presidential election of December 1.

Mr. Barrow used his first speech in office to call on the Gambian security forces to “remain loyal to the constitution” and stay in their barracks, according to a report by the BBC.

He said soldiers found outside with firearms would be considered rebels.

“From today on I am the president of The Gambia regardless of whether you voted for me or not,” he said.

Mr. Barrow said his election was an opportunity for Gambians to “effect change that has been in the making for decades” and pledged “liberty and prosperity for everyone” regardless of ethnicity or gender.

He also vowed constitutional and legal reforms and said his election was the start of a meritocratic Gambia where “what you know” will count for more than “who you know”.

Governments around the world have been communicating their recognition of Mr. Barrow as the new president of the tiny West African nation of 2.8 million people.

The United Kingdom, in a statement by its Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, congratulated the new president, saying his election “were free and fair, and an orderly expression of democratic choice by the Gambian people”.

They represent a new chapter in the country’s history and an opportunity for change in The Gambia, it said.
The UK paid tribute to the “decisive leadership shown by the West African regional body, ECOWAS, and the supportive role played by the African Union in ensuring that the democratic wishes of the Gambian people will be respected”.

It said it was “vital that former President Jammeh now stands aside to allow an orderly transition”.


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  • lala

    Jammeh over to you!

  • Suleiman Alatise

    Game over

  • Otile

    We expect ECOWAS and other world bodies to oust Imam Buhari when he starts to behave like Jammeh come 2019. Who does not agree with me?

    • Osakue

      Brethren pls try make sense

      • Otile

        Are you urging us to put up with Imam when he behaves like Jammeh in 2019? Are you presently benefiting from this economic meltdown and Imam’s incompetence? Say better brethren.

  • tunde008

    Congratulations to the Gambia people.

  • Otile

    Islam is a bane on society. If Imam Jammeh was not a devout Muslim he would not be thumbing his nose at the civilized world. See him carrying the Qur-an on one hand and waving the sword with the other.

    • breakin’ news

      GAMBIA War Begins……..

      “Senegalese troops entered neigbouring Gambia on Thursday, an army
      spokesman said, as part of regional effort to support its new President
      Adama Barrow in a showdown with longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh, who has
      refused to step down.”We have entered Gambia,” Colonel Abdou Ndiaye
      wrote in a text message to Reuters.”

    • Yass

      Islam has nothing to do with Jammeh and his actions. Besides a devout Muslim doesnt act like he does. His actions are all on him rather than on religion.

      • Otile

        Why then does he wave the holy Qur-an in the air whenever he is in action, is Qur-an therefore a Buddhist holy book? Have you seen a good imam caution him to drop the sword when waving the Holy Qur-an? In Islam action speaks louder words.

        • Yass

          Holding a holy book doesnt mean that one’s actions are dictated by that book. It is quite narrowminded for one to think as such.

  • Yass

    The Gambia has less than 2 million people, not 2.8

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