This file photo taken on September 25, 2014 shows Gambian President Al Hadji Yahya Jammeh addressing the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. AFP / DON EMMERT
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Gambia's president has declared the tiny West African country an Islamic republic, saying he decided this because Islam is the religion of the majority of its citizens and to break from the nation's colonial past.It does not appear that President Yahya Jammeh's announcement changes Gambia's laws or the country's constitutional status as a secular state.Jammeh said the rights of Gambia's Christian community will be respected.Jammeh has ruled Gambia since seizing power in 1994 .
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