The Gambia has been declared an Islamic republic by President Yahya Jammeh.
According to the president the Muslim-majority country want to distance itself from its colonial past.
“In line with the country’s religious identity and values I proclaim Gambia as an Islamic state; As Muslims are the majority in the country, Gambia cannot afford to continue the colonial legacy,” Jammeh said on state TV.
Gambia have about 90% of its population as Muslims. Mauritania is another country in Africa that is an Islamic republic. Other Islamic republics include Iran and Pakistan.
Meanwhile Mr. Jammeh told the media that there will be no dress code imposed. “…other faiths would be allowed to practise freely.”
Yahya Jammeh has been president of Gambia for the 21 years. The Gambia has a population of 1.8 million people.
Gambia is temporarily suffered sanctions from the European Union over its poor human rights record.
In 2013 President Jammeh also withdrew Gambia from the Commonwealth describing the organisation as neo-colonial.