Gambian President Yahya Jammeh announced his country by the Islamic Republic to permanently get rid of the colonial legacy. He stressed that 95% of the 1.8 million people who inhabit a small African country, are Muslims.
The Gambian leader promised to preserve religious freedom for followers of other religions.
Yahya Jammeh remains on a post of the President of the Gambia 21. In the past he repeatedly made controversial statements and taking controversial decisions. In 2007, he claimed to have invented a cure for AIDS consisting of herbs. In 2013, Jammeh withdrew Gambia from the Commonwealth of Nations (former British Commonwealth), alleging that this organization was colonial in nature.
In 2008, Jammeh threatened with death penalty for gays. In 2014 he decided to abandon the use of English as the official language.
The Gambia has often been in the news in connection with the terrorist organization Hizbullah. In particular, the Gambian authorities on a warrant the US has detained Lebanese businessman Hussein Tajudin. He studied in Gambia imports rice and wheat, and also owned a large shopping centre. According to the U.S. businessman sponsored Hizbullah.
The authorities of the Republic made the decision on his deportation but both times was interrupted by President Jammeh and cancelled the deportation order.
In 2010 the Gambia has announced to sever diplomatic relations with Iran.