Adama Barrow Osinbajo, Sirleaf, Akufo-Addo attend The Gambia's president inauguration

Top US official in The Gambia for Barrow's inauguration

Gambia's new president is set to be inaugurated today as this tiny West African nation celebrates wider freedoms after a tense political standoff with its former leader.

Ex-President John Dramani Mahama has once again proved his level of patriotism in a single tweet he posted on Sunday after returning from Banjul where a new president of The Gambia was sworn in.

After weeks of global pressure and threats of a military intervention, Jammeh finally announced he would step down.

The move was seen as a goodwill gesture from Barrow, whose inauguration on Saturday as the third president of The Gambia coincided with the 52nd independence anniversary.

The event takes place days after Mr Barrow's government informed the United Nations that the country would remain in the International Criminal Court, reversing the previous administration's plan to withdraw from the tribunal. He promised improved employment opportunities, food security and export growth, sanitation and access to clean water. The 22-year rule of former President Yahya Jammeh was marred by clampdowns on dissenting views, enforced disappearances and detention without trial, creating a climate of fear.


The worldwide community has quickly warmed to Mr Barrow's approach, with the European Union recently announcing an 80 million dollar (£64 million) package of support after breaking off assistance amid tensions with Mr Jammeh.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson visited Barrow on Tuesday, saying: "We are here to help".

Indeed, this was a proud moment for the Economic community of West African States-ECOWAS.

Jammeh led Gambia for more than two decades.

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