Gambian president Adama Barrow REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
Gambian president Adama Barrow REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

President Adama Barrow of The Gambia has announced his impending return to his country after a security sweep had been completed.

Barrow on his twitter handle, @adama_barrow, said “As Yahya Jammeh officially stepped down from office — I will be returning to my homeland, the Republic of The Gambia. #NewGambia.”

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This follows the announcemnt by Jammeh that he would step down in the interest of the Gambian people adding that it was his duty to “preserve at every instant” their lives. He is reported to have joined Guinea’s President Alpha Conde to the airport, to begin a new life in exile.

The new president also said that Jammeh would be leaving within hours on Saturday and told Gambians who had fled the country that they now had “the liberty to return home”.

The new president on Thursday took the oath of office as Gambia’s new president.

He was sworn-in at the Gambian High Commission in Dakar, Senegal.

Barrow succeeded Yahya Jammeh, who lost in the Dec. 1 presidential election and refused to vacate office when his 22-year rule expired midnight on Thursday.