Hours after the Gambia's former President Yahya Jammeh left the country after 22 years in power, West African troops approached the capital to secure the arrival of President Adama Barrow from Senegal.
Gambia's defeated leader Yahya Jammeh has departed the country, after a weeks-long standoff as he tried to maintain his grip on power which culminated in West African troops crossing Gambia's borders.
Jammeh took power in a 1994 coup from the country's only other president since independence from Britain, Dawda Jawara, making this The Gambia's first democratic transition of power.
Jammeh's loss in the December 1 poll and his initial acceptance of the result were celebrated across the tiny nation by Gambians grown tired of his increasingly authoritarian rule.
"We are going to show Barrow we are really armed forces with a difference, I swear to God", Badjie said.
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Equatorial Guinea not being a signatory to the Rome Statute that established the International Criminal Court, means Jammeh would not be extradited in the event he was charged with crimes against humanity or other serious offences.
The U.S. also commended Jammeh for departing The Gambia peacefully and avoiding the use of violence.
He said Barrow had seen what they understood to be a draft document and rejected it as a "non-starter".
Although the declaration was written to provide Jammeh with maximum protection, it doesn't give him amnesty, according to worldwide human rights lawyer Reed Brody.
The bar manager, despite initially promising to come to check the table by the end of January, has since phoned in to say "this actually doesn't seem that important", and has instead promised to check in March if Jammeh and Barrow haven't stopped arguing by then.
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The president elect Adama Barrow was being hosted in Senegal ahead of the inauguration day.
Meanwhile, President Adama Barrow has said he would return to The Gambia on Monday.
ECOWAS, the AU and the United Nations will work with the Government of The Gambia to ensure that former President Jammeh is at liberty to return to The Gambia at any time of his choosing in accordance with worldwide human rights law and his rights as a citizen of the Gambia and a former head of state.
Earlier, fearing the outbreak of violence, thousands of Gambians had fled the nation and moved to Senegal.
Barrow, who has promised to reverse many of Jammeh's actions, told The Associated Press on Saturday he will launch a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate alleged human rights abuses of Jammeh's regime.
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