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Gambia President Declares Country Islamic Republic

Gambia's president declared the tiny West African country an Islamic republic, saying the decision was made because Islam is the religion of the majority of its citizens and to break from the nation's colonial past. President Yahya Jammeh made the declaration Friday at the end of a political rally held on the coastal village Brufut, about 15 kilometers (9 miles) west of the capital, Banjul. "In line with the country's religious identity and values, I proclaim Gambia as...

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