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Thursday 18 September 2014

Gambia 'to shift away from English'

Published 09/03/2014 | 12:32

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Gambia's leader said the country will shift away from using English

Gambia's president has said that he wants to implement a policy change that would shift the country's language from English to a local language.

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Yahya Jammeh said that "we no longer subscribe to the belief that for you to be a government you should speak English language" He spoke during the swearing-in ceremony of Gambia's new chief justice.

He made the announcement months after the West African country announced it is withdrawing from the Commonwealth, a collection of 54 nations made up largely of former British colonies.

Though a popular destination for British tourists, Gambia has been criticised by the United Kingdom and rights groups for human rights abuses.

Mr Jammeh, who came to power in a military coup, said Western countries have no "moral platform" to talk about human rights.

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