Gambia having over 1.62million Muslims out of  1.8million population.

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh AP declared it territory an Islamic republic to be liberated from it's colonizer.
It does not appear that President Yahya Jammeh's
announcement make any changes to Gambia's laws or the country's
constitutional status as a secular state. The president made it known that the country being an Islamic republic would not affect the values and morals of other religions
Jammeh made the decree on the 11th of  December at a
political campaign in the coastal village Brufut, almost fifteen
kilometers west of the capital, Banjul.

"In line with the country's religious identity and values, I
proclaim Gambia as an Islamic state," said the President . About 90 percent of Gambia's 1.8 million
people are Muslim.
"Gambia cannot afford to continue the colonial legacy,"
Yahya said. The country attained freedom  from the
British in 1965.

Jammeh's decree was not to make common cause with
the jihadist organization known as Isis or Boko Haram.
He said the rights of Gambia's Christian community will
be secured. "We will be an Islamic state that would
respect the rights of all citizens and non-citizens."
The head of the country's Islamic body shall not
he endorsed the declaration.
"We have not met yet to discuss over the presidential
announcement," said Gambia's Supreme Islamic Council

"There is a constitutional
clause that says that Gambia is a secular state," he
said. "You cannot make such a declaration without
going through a referendum."
Gambia, was a British colony until 1965, is a popular beach resort for British tourists
although Yahya jammeh's government has oftenly been
criticized by Britain and other Western world powers for injuring human rights.
President Jammeh has been in power for over 20years since the seizing of power in 1994.

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