Gambian president Yahya Jammeh declares Gambia Islamic republic

The president of Gambia has declared his country Islamic republic.Yahya Jammeh claims the move marks a break with the colonial past and was in line with Gambia’s religious identity and values.Over 90% of Gambians are Muslim.Jammeh has said that no dress code would be imposed and people of other religions would be allowed practice freely.Known for being an animated orator, Jammeh has earned a reputation for making surprise declarations since taking office 21-years-ago.

In 2013, he pulled Gambia out of the Commonwealth, claiming it was neo-colonial.Relations with the EU have suffered in recent times with aid money suspended last year over its poor human rights record.

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