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Commonwealth Welcomes Back The Gambia

The Gambia has rejoined the Commonwealth, the tiny West African former British colony’s foreign ministry said on Thursday, five years after its now exiled former authoritarian leader withdrew his country, calling it a “neo-colonial institution”.

During his 23-year rule, Yahya Jammeh, who fled the Gambia a year ago after regional militaries launched an operation to remove him, repeatedly clashed with British authorities over criticisms of his government’s human rights record.

He withdrew the Gambia from the grouping, which includes Britain and most of its former colonies, in 2013.

“The Gambia is ready to regain its former glory on the international stage and reiterates its commitment to the fundamental values of the Commonwealth Charter,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

 

 

culled from dailytrust.com

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