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Gambia President Declares Country an Islamic Republic

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has declared his Muslim-majority country an Islamic republic, saying the move marks a break with the colonial past, BBC reports.

Mr Jammeh told state TV the proclamation was in line with Gambia’s “religious identity and values”.

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He added that no dress code would be imposed and citizens of other faiths would be allowed to practise freely.

Some 90% of Gambians are Muslim. The former British colony’s economy relies heavily on tourism.

However, relations with the West have soured recently.

– BBC

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