African leaders are now at the Independence Stadium in Banju, the Gambia capital to celebrate the inauguration of President Adama Barrow in the country.
Concerned for his security, Barrow left the country and was inaugurated at Gambian embassy in neighboring Senegal on January 19 as President of Gambia.
He was sworn in last month in a low-key event in neighbouring Senegal, where he was on exile before his predecessor agreed to step down.
After weeks of global pressure and threats of a military intervention, Jammeh finally announced he would step down.
We also feel happy to come and celebrate this day as our Independence Day.
The Gambia's first leader, Dawda Jawara, who governed from independence in 1965 until the 1994 coup mounted by Jammeh, has also been invited, organisers told AFP.
He has committed to stay in the International Criminal Court and rejoin the Commonwealth.Читайте также: California's troubled Oroville Dam wasn't on Gov. Brown's infrastructure 'wish list'
The former property developer will be holding public office for the first time.
The global community has warmed to Barrow's approach, with the European Union announcing an $80 million package of support after breaking off assistance amid tensions with Jammeh.
Gambia is surrounded by Senegal on all three sides and the neighbors played a leading role with Nigeria and Ghana in solving the political impasse.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson visited Barrow on Tuesday, saying: "We are here to help".
Senegal's president Macky Sall was among the honorary guests at the ceremony protected by troops from the West African bloc, Ecowas. Many Senegalese live in The Gambia.
United States and British diplomats were finding it hard to enter the stadium, an AFP correspondent reported, as people who had not been able to get inside massed against a heavy security presence.
President Akufo-Addo is expected to return later on Saturday.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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