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Published: Wed, February 15, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Gambia will stay in ICC


But Jammeh pulled the country out of the Commonwealth, calling it a "neo-colonial institution" and announced his intention to drop English as an official language.

Johnson will start the visit Tuesday in The Gambia, where he will meet President Adama Barrow and visit the British-funded Medical Research Council, his ministry said.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who notoriously sparked fury over comments about Africans made when he worked as a journalist, will visit the continent for the first time as minister this week.

New President Adama Barrow had promised a return to the 52-nation grouping.

The Hague-based court, set up in 2002, is often accused of bias against African nations, leading The Gambia, Burundi and South Africa to send notice previous year they would no longer recognise the ICC's jurisdiction.

"As one of his first acts in office, President Barrow's notification to the United Nations secretary-general of The Gambia's decision to reverse withdrawal from the ICC is a crucial victory for victims of grave crimes and the rule of law", Cl?ment Capo-Chichi, Africa regional coordinator with the Coalition for the International Criminal Court. Thousands had to be evacuated last month because of security concerns when Mr Jammeh was refusing to hand over power after losing December's elections. Local dignitaries may include former Vice-President Alhagie Saihou Sabally, who local media said had returned to the country on Monday after 22 years in exile.

Jammeh, who mockingly called the ICC the "International Caucasian Court", flew into exile last month under global pressure after losing to Barrow in the December election.

He said: " I'm delighted to be the first foreign secretary to visit Gambia this week and delighted to have a chance to meet the newly elected President Barrow and President Akufo-Addo of Ghana.

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