After the fall of Gambia’s strong man, Yahya Jammeh in December 2016, the Gambia has been readmitted to the Commonwealth on Thursday.

You may recall that the Gambia pulled out of the Commonwealth in 2013 with Jammeh branding the group an “extension of colonialism”.

The Gambia has been welcomed back into the fold following the exit of Jammeh and the democratic election of President Adama Barrow.

President Barrow began the readmission process in February last year, two months after his election.

Accused of flagrant rights abuses, Jammeh ruled mainland Africa’s smallest country with an aura of mysticism and an iron fist after seizing power in 1994.

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Barrow’s formal application last month for The Gambia to rejoin the Commonwealth received unanimous backing from the other members.

A formal ceremony later on Thursday will mark the occasion.

The decision means there are once again 53-member states in the Commonwealth, the voluntary association of mostly former territories of the British empire.

The Gambia will now be invited to attend the organisation’s biennial summit, to be held in London in April.

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