The Gambia has declared that it is withdrawing from the Commonwealth, a «neocolonial institution», according to the country’s president, Yahya Jammeh. No further reasons were given, but the decision may well be related to the poor relationship between Jammeh and the UK. He’s accused Britain of backing his political opposition, and this year the Foreign Office criticised the Gambia’s human rights record.
Inevitably, the spotlight now shines on an association which grew out of empire and managed to re-invent itself as a values-based club that, according to Jawaharlal Nehru, brought a «touch of healing» to the world.
Since the modern Commonwealth was created in 1949, every former British colony – and some others like Mozambique and Rwanda – has decided to join.… Seguir leyendo »