Gambia Abruptly Withdraws from the British Commonwealth
In a move without precedent, President Yahya Jammeh’s government announced late Tuesday that it was leaving the now-53-nation group, about six weeks before a Nov. 16 summit in Sri Lanka. The move is far from the most shocking for a leader who has rounded up “witches,” told his critics to “go to hell,” and declared that he has found a cure for AIDS. Or maybe Jammeh is simply insane. Gambia criticized the Commonwealth as “an extension of colonialism,” but critics posit that scrutiny over human rights violations prompted the withdrawal.