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Gambian President Adama Barrow pledged on Wednesday to work to revive the economy and ensure broad-based development gains as he was sworn in for a second five-year term in office.
Barrow, 56, came to power in 2017 by unseating his autocratic predecessor Yahya Jammeh at the polls.
He handily won re-election last month with 53 percent of the vote in the first round.



During his first term, he improved relations with many foreign countries that had cooled under Jammeh's 22-year rule and worked to restore civil liberties that were suppressed during that period.
He faced the challenge of reviving the economy of the smallest country in continental Africa.
The coronavirus pandemic pushed the economy into recession in 2020, driving tourists away from its white-sand beaches.
Growth is estimated to have recovered to around 5 percent last year.
Gambian President Barrow vows economic progress at start of second term

Gambian President Adama Barrow pledged on Wednesday to work to revive the economy and ensure broad-based development gains as he was sworn in for a second five-year term in office.

Barrow, 56, came to power in 2017 by unseating his autocratic predecessor Yahya Jammeh at the polls.

He handily won re-election last month with 53 percent of the vote in the first round.

During his first term, he improved relations with many foreign countries that had cooled under Jammeh’s 22-year rule and worked to restore civil liberties that were suppressed during that period.

He faced the challenge of reviving the economy of the smallest country in continental Africa.

The coronavirus pandemic pushed the economy into recession in 2020, driving tourists away from its white-sand beaches.

Growth is estimated to have recovered to around 5 percent last year.

Today we can comfortably conclude that my election for another five years is a vote of confidence in my government, a vote of recognition of my achievements,” said Barrow, dressed in a white cap and gown, after taking the oath before an audience that it included several other West African heads of state.

“2022 to 2027 is a period to push for accelerated growth, expansion and advancement.

“The focus is now on economic development,” he said.

He reiterated a previous commitment to present a new constitution.

He has previously said he would introduce presidential term limits, but has not said whether that would prevent him from seeking additional terms.

Debates over presidential term limits have erupted in several of The Gambia‘s West African neighbors, including Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea, whose presidents in 2020 used constitutional changes as reset buttons on their terms to stay beyond the two-term limit. mandates.

Barrow had pledged as a candidate in 2016 to serve just three years if elected, but later backed off that pledge.

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