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President Adama Barrow arrived home last Thursday.

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Low-flying fighter jets and the presence of Nigerian and Senegalese troops at the airport on Thursday were there to secure Barrow’s return after the turbulent transition.
Barrow’s landed at Banjul airport where jubilant mobs were waiting to welcome him. By late afternoon, thousands of people had lined the streets of Banjul, the capital, blowing whistles, dancing, banging drums and singing “We welcome you, our president, our hope, our solution” in the local Fula language.
Hundreds more thronged the airport, cheering when Barrow emerged from the plane that had brought him from neighbouring Senegal in a flowing white robe, accompanied by his wife and children. He walked slowly along a red carpet, greeted by military officials and members of his coalition government.
“I am a happy man … I think the bad part is finished now,” the 51-year-old former property developer told reporters at the airport.
The arrival of Barrow brings to an end a prolonged political crisis in the Gambia.
During the election campaign, Barrow promised wide-ranging reforms to overturn many of the authoritarian policies of Jammeh, who was accused of imprisoning, torturing and killing his political opponents.
Last year, a series of protests led to the detention of more than 90 opposition activists and supporters. One prominent opposition politician, a father of nine, was beaten to death in custody.
A day before his return Barrow appointed Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang as vice-president.

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