Gambia now an 'Islamic state', says president

President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia, a military officer and former wrestler from a rural background, has ruled the country with an iron fist since he seized power in a coup in 1994President Yahya Jammeh has declared the Gambia “an Islamic state”, but stressed that the rights of the Christian minority in the small west African country would be respected and that women would not be held to a dress code. The announcement came as the president addressed supporters in the coastal town of Brufut on Thursday, and the comments were later broadcast on state television and repeated on his website. “Gambia’s destiny is in the hands of the Almighty Allah.

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