The new President of Gambia, Adama Barrow, has called on the UK to be his country’s “number one partner in terms of trade, in terms of democracy, in terms of good government” as he vows to rejoin the Commonwealth.
Stay informed with email updates
Barrow’s calls for renewed links show how much of a global influence Britain can have outside of the crumbling European Union.
The Gambia had withdrawn from the Commonwealth in 2013, blasting it a “neo-colonial institution” that “represents an extension of colonialism” in a mad moment.
That decision was made under previous President Yahya Jammeh, who had governed the country since 1994. He was defeated by Barrow in December’s elections, but the anti-British tyrant refuses to recognise the results.
Barrow was sworn into office yesterday at the Gambian embassy in Dakar, but Jammeh refuses to relinquish power. He has been given one final chance to surrender before Senegalese troops oust him by force.
Once the crisis is resolved, expect Gambia to seek closer ties to Brexit Britain. Barrow is doubtlessly fond of the UK having studied in London, where he famously worked as an Argos security guard.