One year on from the end of the leadership of Yahya Jammeh in Gambia, after his exile to Equatorial Guinea, citizens say they are starting to feel safe again and reports predict that the Gambian economy is beginning to stabilize.
In December 2016, Jammeh had refused to step down and accept his election defeat to the new President, Adama Barrow. With the help of the united support of the governments in a number of African Nations such as Senegal, Guinea and Mauritania, Jammeh finally agreed to step down and to flee to the control of Equatorial Guinea, encouraged by its long-term leader, Theodore Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
Barrow is a much more popular President, and freedom in the country is beginning to return.
“Among other openings associated with the departure of former president Yahya Jammeh, exiled journalists and activists returned, political prisoners were released, ministers declared their assets to an ombudsman, and the press union began work on media-sector reform.”
This week, however, the army reported that two of Jammeh’s Generals were found back within Gambia borders and were arrested, proving how difficult it has been and will continue to be for President Barrow to regain full control of the country after 22 years of Jammeh’s rule and influence.
With the social and economic climate of Gambia in slow recovery, and investors returning to the nation, business will hopefully grow and trade will likely increase significantly in the coming years.
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