People hold Gambian flags along a street as they celebrate the slated return of Gambia's new President Adama Barrow to the country, in Serekunda, Gambia January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon
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Gambia's President Adama Barrow returned home Thursday, solidifying his position as the country's first new commander in chief in two decades after a political crisis that sent the previous ruler into exile.Gambians had eagerly awaited Barrow, who has promised to reverse many of the authoritarian policies of former leader Yahya Jammeh, who was accused of imprisoning, torturing and killing his opponents.Barrow has named a female vice president, Fatoumata Tambajang, who has called for Jammeh's prosecution for alleged human rights abuses and Barrow's spokesman said a human rights commission will be set up and the new government will create a freedom of information act.Barrow defeated Jammeh in December elections, but the veteran leader did not want to cede power.
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