President Adama Barrow of Gambia has arrived in his country, weeks after fleeing over the refusal of Yahya Jammeh to cede power.
Barrow had been in neighbouring Senegal where he took his oath of office in the Gambian embassy in Dakar, capital of Senegal.
Hundreds of people gathered along the streets of Gambia’s capital Banjul on Thursday to welcome home the new president.
Barrow, a former real estate agent, won the December election.
Jammeh fled to Equatorial Guinea on Saturday night as thousands of soldiers from ECOWAS regional bloc were poised to remove him by force after 22 years of increasingly repressive rule.
Along wide avenues leading to the airport, Gambians wearing T-shirts with Barrow’s picture blew whistles, banged calabash drums and sang in Fula language, ‘“We welcome you our president, our hope, our solution’, as Senegalese soldiers looked on.
Earlier, Ebrima Bah, who had been awaiting Barrow at the airport, said: “His arrival is raising my confidence in the new government.”