President Yahya Jammeh proclaims Gambia an Islamic republic

President Yahya Jammeh proclaims Gambia an Islamic republic

Gambia has been declared an Islamic republic by President Yahya Jammeh who said he wanted to further distance the west African state from its colonial past. The tiny, formerly secular country – named after the river from which British ships are said to have fired cannonballs to fix its borders – joins the ranks of other officially Islamic republics such as Iran and Afghanistan.

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