Gambia is now an Islamic republic, declares President Yahya Jammeh

  • Gambia’s president Yahya Jammeh has declared that the formerly secular country is now an Islamic republic.

    In a message on state television, Jammeh said: “In line with the country’s religious identity and values I proclaim Gambia as an Islamic state.” He said being a Muslim-majority nation, it “cannot afford to continue the colonial legacy”.

    Gambia has a population of 1.8 million, of which 95% is Muslim. Jammeh, who has been president for 21 years, said nationals belonging to other faiths will still be able to practise.


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