Assembly endorses motion for Gambia to rejoin Commonwealth

Friday, December 29, 2017

Legislators at the National Assembly Thursday unanimously endorsed a motion meant for The Gambia to rejoin the Commonwealth.

Tabled by the minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, Ousainou Darboe, the motion sought among other things to make The Gambia once more a full fledged member of an organisation it quits in 2013.

 Darboe said: “I am tabling to this August Assembly to consider adopt the motion of support of The Gambia to join the commonwealth.” “Barrow government deems it necessary for The Gambia to join the Commonwealth since the country now promotes rule of law, democracy and human rights,” he added.

In 2013, the government of Yahya Jammeh made a statement, announcing The Gambia’s withdrawal from the Commonwealth. It cited that the country would never be a member of the any neo-colonial organisation.

“The government has withdrawn its membership of the British Commonwealth and decided that the Gambia will never be a member of any neo-colonial institution and will never be a party to any institution that represents an extension of colonialism,” the statement said.

When the announcement was made, the British Foreign Office spokesman said: “Decisions on Commonwealth membership are a matter for each member government. We would very much regret the Gambia or any other country, deciding to leave the Commonwealth.”

On Thursday, Minister Darboe said that the government was making arrangements for the application to be forwarded before April 2018.

The Gambia, as a member of the Commonwealth had benefited litany of things ranging from the services of commonwealth judges, scholarships and other technical assistance.