Yesterday was Inauguration Day

Yes... you read that right. And if you didn't know that January 19th was inauguration day in The Gambia, you might be forgiven that you were distracted by other events, but you should also be ashamed that you were distracted by other events.

The Gambia, in case you haven't gone and Googled it, is a small West African country that has been independent for over 50 years. In that time it has had two leaders. Two. Both of them duly re-elected time after time.

The second, Yahya Jammeh, staged a coup in 1994, was elected in 1996 and re-elected in 2001, 2006, and 2011. In December 2016, he lost his re-election bid to Adama Barrow, but has refused to step down. His cabinet has resigned. It is questionable if the military will follow him. Adama Barrow was sworn in at the Gambian embassy in neighboring Senegal. Negotiations and military posturing continue to get him to the capitol.

This was the first time in fifty years that the people of Gambia changed governments through a vote. First time. Fifty years.

Remember that in four years.
And eight.
And twelve.
And every day in between.

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