Wednesday 26 July 2017

Gambia 'to shift away from English'

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

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.

Press Association

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