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Gambian President Adama Barrow: 2017 Inaugural Speech

18 February 2017

Fellow Gambians,

May I begin by thanking Allah for making me the 3rd President of this great country through the support of the Gambian people.  I seek guidance and blessing for me and my cabinet to have the strength and wisdom to serve our beloved nation to higher heights. I would like to first of all welcome the distinguished heads of states and international guests who are here to share this joyous occasion with us. Today is symbolic because of two important developments in the history of our dear motherland. It was on this day that The Gambia was declared Independent. I was just three days old. Now I am the President of the Republic of The Gambia after 52 years of nationhood. Few people would have thought that I will be addressing the nation today.

I would like to thank the Gambian electorates for their astuteness.  They exercised their civic rights in a peaceful and non-violent manner during the campaign, on election day as well as after the elections.  I will not do justice without recognizing and expressing my sincere appreciation to the Gambian Diaspora.  They spent time and resources to support my candidacy through the social media.  They encouraged family members and friends to vote for me.  This is a victory for democracy.  It is a victory belonging to all Gambians. It is the decision of Gambians to change a Government which has entrenched itself through the ballot box.   That has made it possible for us to gather here today.

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