Gambia declares itself ‘Islamic Republic’

Gambia declares itself ‘Islamic Republic’

[Ed. – Things going in a bad direction here.]

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has declared his Muslim-majority country an Islamic republic, saying the move marks a break with the colonial past.

Mr Jammeh told state TV the proclamation was in line with Gambia’s “religious identity and values”.

He added that no dress code would be imposed and citizens of other faiths would be allowed to practise freely. …

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Mr Jammeh has been president of the tiny West African country for 21 years. …

Other Islamic republics include Iran, Pakistan and – in Africa, Mauritania.

Mr Jammeh withdrew Gambia from the [British] Commonwealth in 2013, describing the organisation as neo-colonial.

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