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    Baile Átha Cliath

    Default The Gambia to withdraw from Commonwealth

    The Gambia is to withdraw from the Commonwealth, 48 years after joining.

    The west African nation branded the 54-member grouping, which includes the UK and most of its former colonies, a "neo-colonial institution".

    The withdrawal was announced on state TV, but no other reasons were given.

    Two years ago President Yahya Jammeh accused the UK of backing his political opposition ahead of elections. The UK said it would "very much regret" The Gambia leaving the Commonwealth.

    There is a history of tension between President Jammeh, who came to power in a 1994 coup, and the UK.

    Earlier this year, a Foreign Office report singled out The Gambia for its human rights record, citing cases of unlawful detentions, illegal closures of newspapers and discrimination against minority groups.

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    Default Re: The Gambia to withdraw from Commonwealth

    Jammeh is a homophobic bigot, and that may have something to do with this.

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    Default Re: The Gambia to withdraw from Commonwealth

    Sri Lanka may be next, there have been tensions between the Rajapaksa government and the 'international community' over the actions of state forces during the final stages of the Tamil Tiger war in 2008-2009 and the continuing flight of the Tamil minority.

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    'Our goal is to conquer state power for the Irish working class'
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    Default Re: The Gambia to withdraw from Commonwealth

    I believe Jamaica might be going as well.
    Do not rejoice in his defeat, you men. For though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the (female dog) that bore him is in heat again. Bertolt Brecht


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