President Adama Barrow returned triumphantly to Gambia on Thursday, almost two months after winning an election disputed by the country's longtime dictator, to the cheers of hundreds of thousands who jammed the roads in welcome.
Adama Barrow, The Gambia's new president, has vowed to reform the country's notorious intelligence agency and promised to ensure media freedom in the country. After two decades of rule under Jammeh, Barrow's return signifies a new chapter for the country.
Gambian President Adama Barrow waves to his supporters.
Asked about reform of The Gambia's army, whose poor reputation is partly responsible for the presence of 4,000 west African troops to guarantee Barrow and the population's safety, the president said he expected foreign nations to provide help.
"I'm 100 percent a Barrow supporter and I'm more happy than I can say", said Kanamo Sansou, sitting with his friends at Serrekunda market close to the capital Banjul.
Jammeh has refused to step down from office and said he does not accept the result of an election won by Barrow, a former London security guard.
January 21: Jammeh announces he has made a decision to relinquish power: "I think it is not necessary that a single drop of blood be shed".
Barrow returned to the Gambia on Thursday after Jammeh was forced from the country he ruled for 22 years. He promised to get his Cabinet in place and "then get the ball rolling".
The new leader was welcomed home by jubilant crowds on Thursday - five days after Jammeh left the country under strong pressure from the 15-nation regional bloc - while heavy security was laid on by Senegalese and Nigerian special forces.
They however did not intervene because Jammeh agreed - after fresh mediation by Guinea and Mauritanian presidents - to leave the country after 22 years in charge.
He also had led the Jungulars, Jammeh's personal military of some 50 officers who reportedly went into exile with him last weekend. He is now exiled in Equatorial Guinea.
Barrow has told Jammeh he will have all the rights legally ensured to an ex-president, which under Gambian law include immunity from prosecution, barring a vote by two-thirds of the national assembly.