Gambians have celebrated the arrival of their new President Adama Barrow after a post-election crisis forced him to flee. After two decades of rule under Jammeh, Barrow’s return signifies a new chapter for the country.

After weeks of a political impasse, The Gambia’s new President Adama Barrow returned home on Thursday.

Barrow landed at the airport in the capital Banjul shortly after 1700 UTC. Dressed in flowing white robes called the “Haftan,” Barrow shook hands with elders and senior members of his coalition government on the tarmac.

“I am a happy man today,” Barrow told the Associated Press after he arrived. “I think the bad part is finished now.” He promised to get his Cabinet in place and “then get the ball rolling.”

He was accompanied by two of his wives and some of his children as well as dozens of Gambian soldiers and troops from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

 

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