Gambian President Adama Barrow arrives at Banjul International Airport in Banjul, Gambia on January 26, 2017.
Thousands of people lined the streets of Gambia's capital on Thursday to welcome home the new President days after authoritarian leader Yahya Jammeh fled into exile under pressure from regional forces.
Supporters of the President cheer as he leaves the Airport.
Barrow, a former real estate agent, won a Dec. 1 election but Jammeh refused to step down, forcing his opponent to be inaugurated at the Gambian Embassy in neighboring Senegal.
Gambian President Adama Barrow waves to his supporters.
"A new page in Gambian history is being turned," said Mohamed Ibn Chambas, U.N. Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel, who helped negotiate Jammeh's exit, shortly before accompanying Barrow to Banjul.
Barrow's surprise ballot box victory and the determination of Western and African countries to uphold it is being celebrated as a moment of democratic hope for Africa.