The Gambia: Banjul welcomes new president after Jammeh fleesJanuary 27, 2017 at 14:33 (GMT) · Published
Thousands of people came out on to the streets of the Gambian capital of Banjul to welcome newly elected President Adama Barrow, Thursday, after former leader Yahya Jammeh fled the country earlier in the week.
Barrow’s arrival comes after Jammeh went into exile as Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) forces entered the country, threatening to militarily oust the ex-president if he did not accept his defeat in December’s presidential elections.
The military operation was launched on Thursday last week, after Barrow was inaugurated at the Gambian embassy in Senegal. However, the troop’s advance was held off in a bid to give Jammeh time to step down from his role.
ECOWAS will reportedly begin to scale back some of the 4,000 soldiers deployed.
Jammeh flew out of the Gambia on Saturday as regional forces stood ready to enter the capital and remove him following 22 years in power.