Gambia pulls out of ‘neo-colonial’ Commonwealth

The government has withdrawn its membership of the British Commonwealth.

Written by Reuters | Banjul | Published:October 4, 2013 2:38 am

Gambia has withdrawn from the Commonwealth,the 54-member grouping including Britain,India and most of its other former colonies,branding it a “neo-colonial institution,” according to a statement released by the West African nation on Wednesday. It joined in 1965.

“The government has withdrawn its membership of the British Commonwealth and decided that Gambia will never be a member of any neo-colonial institution and will never be a party to any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,” read a statement broadcast on state television.

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