On December 11, 2015, Gambia became the second Islamic Republic in the continent of Africa, after Mauritania. This new status came following the announcement by Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh.
President Jammeh justified his bold announcement saying that he was making Gambia break all ties with its colonial past. Much like his earlier announcement moving Gambia out of the Commonwealth countries back in 2013, his announcement to make the country an Islamic State was unexpected. In defense of his decision, President Jammeh says he intends to fully decolonize Gambia by making it an Islamic State.
Critics argue that President Jammeh is only employing diversionary tactics to deter people’s attention from the sad state of affairs in Gambia. The country’s economy has deteriorated and has a growing public debt burden; the IMF says public-debt burden reached 100% of Gambia’s GDP by the end of 2014. President Jammeh’s relationship both internationally and domestically is at all-time low and increasingly strained.
The President, however, did enjoy a close relationship with former Libya’s leader Muammar Gaddafi, …read more
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