Prince Charles of Britain on Thursday praised Gambians for rejecting “autocratic” rule and giving democracy a chance.
His comment follows the exit of long-term leader, Yahya Jammeh in 2017 and the return of Gambia to the Commonwealth.
Prince Charles begun his tour of Africa from Gambia together with his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. The couple are expected to spend nine days in West Africa particularly Commonwealth countries.
The British royal said at a ceremony in Banjul that “We are friends and partners, and once again we are both members of the Commonwealth family of nations.”
Jammeh withdrew Gambia from the Commonwealth – an organization for former British colonies, five years ago. He branded the body as a “neo-colonial institution”.
President Adama Barrow is hoping to restore his country’s image after Jammeh’s exit.
Prince Charles said Gambia turned “its back on 20 years of autocratic rule in order to embrace a new beginning.” The royal couple will leave for Ghana on Friday and then to Nigeria on Nov. 6.
Prince Charles at the recently held commonwealth head of nations summit succeeded the Queen as head of the organization.