The government of Gambia has announced it is pulling out of the Commonwealth, an association of countries colonized by Britain.
The government made the declaration on Thursday. It is not clear why the Island is pulling out but the government of the west African nation branded the 54-member grouping, which includes the UK and most of its former colonies, a “neo-colonial institution”.
The island have come under heavy criticisms from the west, in the past, over local human rights standings, including closure of newspaper houses.
Recently, Robert Mugabe led Zimbabwe out the Commonwealth after prolonged disagreement with the west.
“Decisions on Commonwealth membership are a matter for each member government. We would very much regret Gambia, or any other country, deciding to leave the Commonwealth,” the UK Foreign Office has said.
Two years ago President Yahya Jammeh accused the UK of backing his political opposition ahead of elections, the BBC reported.