TRIUMPH: Gambia’s new president Adama Barrow raises
his arms in celebration following his shock win in the election
A FORMER Argos security guard from north London has been elected as the new President of Gambia.
Adama Barrow’s surprise win ends two decades of rule by Yahya Jammeh, who once said he would lead for “a billion
Gambians cheered their new president as he waved to the crowds from a balcony after his victory.
The people of this west African nation are looking to the former Argos employee, who once harboured ambitions of being an estate agent, to improve hte economy and restore democracy to the country.
Nicknamed “no drama Adama” because of his cool, calm demeanour, Barrow, a member of the Fula ethnic group from rural eastern Gambia, had not sought the job of president. He only learned he was even being considered as a party leader when he turned up for the vote in September.
Barrow plans to reverse some of Jammeh’s polices, including stopping Gambia’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court announced last month, his spokesman Karamaba Touray said.
He will also ask to re-join the Commonwealth and revoke Jammeh’s declaration of Gambia as an Islamic republic.
“He is the absolute opposite of Jammeh. He wants to restore democracy, it will be entirely different,” Touray said.
The biggest test of this ambition will come in three years when Barrow has pledged to step down in order to open-up newly democratic Gambia’s political space.