BANJUL, Gambia – Gambia's capital is awaiting the arrival of the country's new leader and an era of democracy, hours after the authoritarian ruler flew of 22 years flew into exile with an extraordinary set of assurances from the international community.
Even as new President Adama Barrow remained in neighboring Senegal on Sunday awaiting a triumphant return after a whirlwind political crisis, former leader Yahya Jammeh is guaranteed the right to come home.
A joint declaration issued shortly after Jammeh left by the United Nations, African Union and West African regional bloc says the bodies will work with Barrow's government to make sure Jammeh, his family and his close associates are not the target of punishment.
Jammeh was last seen flying toward Equatorial Guinea.
A regional military force is securing Gambia's capital, Banjul.