Banjul, October 3 (RHC)-- The Gambian government has announced it is withdrawing from the British Commonwealth, saying it will "never be a member of any neo-colonial institution."
A statement issued by the Gambian government reads: "The general public is hereby informed that the government of the Gambia has left the Commonwealth of Nations with immediate effect."
The statement, released in Banjul, the Gambian capital adds that the country "will never be a member of any neo-colonial institution and will never be a party to any institution that represents an extension of colonialism."
The Commonwealth, a collection of 54 nations made up largely of former British colonies, was formally established by the London Declaration in 1949. Gambia, a country in West Africa, is a small territory wedged into Senegal.
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