Gambia withdraws from The Commonwealth


The Gambia has decided to withdraw from the Commonwealth. The Gambian presidency issued the following statement late Wednesday afternoon:

“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 Government has withdrawn its membership of the British Commonwealth and decided that The Gambia will never be a member of any neo-colonial institution and will never be a party to any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.”

Commonwealth spokesperson, Richard Uku made the following response on The Commonwealth website:

“Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has seen with dismay and disappointment, media coverage on the reported announcement by the Government of The Gambia of its withdrawal from the Commonwealth.

We are in touch with the Gambian authorities to follow up on the media reports in order to establish the facts clearly. When clarification is received from the Government of The Gambia, the Commonwealth Secretariat will issue a further statement accordingly”.

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