Sunday, February 19, 2017

President Adama Barrow sworn in at packed stadium

The Gambia has sworn in its new president, Adama Barrow, in front of a crowd of thousands.

It is the second time Mr Barrow has taken the oath.

The first time was at very low-key event at the country's embassy in Senegal last month, after a lengthy power struggle forced him into exile.





After his predecessor finally agreed to step down, Mr Barrow was able to arrange a stadium event back in his homeland, near the capital city Banjul.

Crowds queued through the night to get a good spot inside the stadium.

Mr Barrow is only the third president in the history of The Gambia, and the celebrations also mark 52 years of the west African country's independence.


Many political prisoners have already been freed and The Gambia is set to rejoin international institutions such as the International Criminal Court and the Commonwealth.

Speaking to the BBC just before the election, Mr Barrow said that Gambians "had been suffering for 22 years" and were ready for change.

His predecessor had once told the BBC he would rule for a billion years, if necessary.

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