Gambia pulls out of Commonwealth
"The general public is hereby informed that the government of the Gambia has left the Commonwealth of Nations with immediate effect. Government has withdrawn its membership of the British Commonwealth and decided that the Gambia will never be a member of any neo-colonial institution and will never be a party to any institution that represents an extension of colonialism," the government said in a statement.
The Commonwealth is a group of more than 50 countries, many of them former territories of the British empire.
President Yahya Jammeh is often accused of human rights abuses, but he answers that he will never bow to external pressures. Mr. Jammeh is the president since 1994. Earlier this year, he accused the European Union of trying to destablise Gambia, after the Europe set out a 17-point checklist of demands for reforms. ■