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    The Gambia rejoins Commonwealth after 5 years exit

    The Gambia has been successfully readmitted into the Commonwealth 5 years after exiting the global bloc.

    The West African country becomes the 53rd nation and fourth country to rejoin, after the likes of South Africa, Fiji and Pakistan who all left at a point and gained readmission.

    A tweet from the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affaires Boris Johnson confirmed the successful readmission of Gambia into the Commonwealth. 
     In 2013, exiled President Yahya Jammeh, pulled the country out of the Commonwealth stating at the time that the now 53-member group was a ‘neo-colonial institution.’

    After Jammeh’s shock defeat to then opposition candidate Adama Barrow in December 2016 elections, the Commonwealth said its doors were open to a return by The Gambia. The Adama Barrow government have over the past year gone through the legal process of readmission.

    Foreign Minister Ousainou Darboe in December 2017 notified parliament of the government’s decision to rejoin the Commonwealth union. The move was unanimously adopted by lawmakers who criticized how Jammeh unilaterally took them out of the union.

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