>> I, Adama Barrow, do swear I will not directly or indirectly reveal such matters as may be committed to my citizens, so help me God.>> Gambia's new president, Adama Barrow, sworn in in a packed stadium in Bakau, west of the capital, Banjul. The road to this point has been a rocky one.
The ceremony coming a month after former leader Yahya Jammeh, who ruled for over two decades, refused to leave office after a shock defeat in the December election. Jammeh, who took power in a coup in 1994, cited voting irregularities for the reason he wouldn't go. His reluctance meant that Barrow was originally forced to take the oath in the Gambian Embassy in nearby Senegal last month.
The crowds cheering wildly when Senegal's President arrived thanks to his country's role in securing the safe return of Gambia's new president. Barrow took the oath with Chief Justice Hassam Bubacar Jallow, a former UN prosecutor, a new appointment. West African leaders who negotiated the departure of Jammeh present at the ceremony.
Thousands of troops from neighboring states had prepared to enter the capital to force Jammeh out. Barrow's government chose Saturday, the date of Gambia's independence from former colonial master Britain for the long-awaited ceremony.