Mahama attends Barrow's Inauguration

20 February, 2017, 00:59 | Author: Essie Rivera
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President Nana Akufo-Addo and former President John Dramani Mahama will today [Saturday], be in The Gambia to attend the inauguration of President Adama Barrow. On Saturday, he was officially sworn in as president.

The official swearing-in of President Barrow has also been tied to The Gambia's 52nd Independence Day celebration.

Hundreds of thousands of Gambians welcomed Barrow's return to The Gambia on January 26.

After weeks of global pressure, Jammeh eventually conceded defeat and went into exile in Equatorial Guinea, allowing Barrow to return on January 26. He also has vowed to free political prisoners. At Saturday's ceremony, Barrow said his government will undertake key constitutional and legal reforms and said he would highlight them in his first address to the National Assembly.

Special adviser for Barrow said a Chadian plane helped him to transport luxury goods including luxury vehicles of Gambia.

Army officers at the swearing in ceremony at the Gambia's Independence Stadium
REUTERS Image caption The swearing-in ceremony was attended by leading army officers

The global 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.

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

"We are the same people, and we remain the same people", he said.

Others attending included the leaders of Ghana, Liberia and Ivory Coast and the U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

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