Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has announced his Muslim-majority nation an Islamic republic, observant a pierce outlines a mangle with a colonial past.
Mr Jammeh told state TV a commercial was in line with Gambia’s “religious temperament and values”.
He combined that no dress formula would be imposed and adults of other faiths would be authorised to rehearse freely.
Some 90% of Gambians are Muslim. The former British colony’s economy relies heavily on tourism.
However, family with a West have soured recently.
The European Union temporarily funded assist income to Gambia final year over a bad tellurian rights record.
Mr Jammeh has been boss of a little West African nation for 21 years.
“As Muslims are a infancy in a country, a Gambia can't means to continue a colonial legacy,” Mr Jammeh told state TV, explaining his preference to broadcast an Islamic republic.
Other Islamic republics embody Iran, Pakistan and – in Africa, Mauritania.
Mr Jammeh withdrew Gambia from a Commonwealth in 2013, describing a organization as neo-colonial.
In 2007, he claimed to have found a herbal heal for Aids.