Gambia's president officially sworn in

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    Gambia's president officially sworn in

    Finally, Adama Barrow was officially sworn in as The Gambia's president on Saturday in an event that was attended by tens of thousands of supporters.

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Finally, Adama Barrow was officially sworn in as The Gambia's president on Saturday in an event that was attended by tens of thousands of supporters.

Barrow had been sworn in across the border in neighboring Senegal during a tense power struggle after former President Yahya Jammeh refused to step down.

February 18 also marked 52 years since the tiny West African nation got its independence from Britain but many are also calling the day the birth of a third republic following Jammeh’s ousting at the ballot box in December 2016.

The festivities began on Saturday morning at Independence Stadium in Bakau, west of the capital, and were to be attended by several African heads of state as well as high-ranking diplomats.

Crowds of hundreds began to gather as early as 03:00.

"I spent the night here at the stadium. This is to ensure that I can have a smooth passage inside”, said Isatou Dibba, a Barrow supporter.

The new president vowed to revive the country’s faltering economy with sweeping reforms as he sought to draw a line under the erratic 22-year rule of his predecessor.

Military marches and brass bands graced the day. A giant banner also read #GambiaHasDecided, a slogan of a campaign that was used to persuade Jammeh to accept defeat.

"Few people would have thought that I’d be standing here today,” Barrow said, wearing a traditional flowing white robe with gold trim.

"For 22 years, the Gambian people yearned to live in a country where our diverse tribes will be bridged by tolerance and our determination to work together for the common good,” he said. "One Gambia, one nation, one people.”

The 51-year-old Barrow is now faced with the task of lifting the nation out of grinding poverty partly caused by Jammeh’s volatile rule during which thousands of dissenters were jailed and scores of businesses expropriated.

"We have inherited an economy in decline,” Barrow said.

He pledged to introduce free primary education, which is guaranteed by the constitution but was not implemented during Jammeh’s rule.

The president also said his government would start work immediately to encourage investment in other sectors such as technology as well as re-building institutions that had fallen during Jammeh’s rule


Source: CGTN Africa



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