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President Yahya Jammeh, a despot who seized power in the West African state almost 20 years ago, became the first leader to pull out of the Commonwealth unilaterally since President Robert Mugabe chose to withdraw Zimbabwe in 2003.
Mr Jammeh, who claims to have personally discovered a cure for Aids, has been accused of widespread human rights abuses, notably by ordering a national campaign against “witches”.
His government announced last night that Gambia had “withdrawn its membership of the British Commonwealth and decided that the Gambia will never be a member of any neo-colonial institution and will never be a party to any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”.
Colin Freeman, the Sunday Telegraph’s Chief Foreign Correspondent, visited Gambia last year. He remarked that President Jammeh was “no fan of Britain”.
“He’s famously on record as saying that in 300 years of colonialism from Britain, all that Gambians ever learnt was how to sing ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’ and how to sing ‘God Save The Queen’.”  – telegraph.co.uk

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