The Gambia is to withdraw from the Commonwealth, 48 years after joining.
The west African nation branded the 54-member grouping, which includes the UK and most of its former colonies, a “neo-colonial institution” and tagged it “an extension of colonialism”.
The withdrawal was announced on state TV
The Gambian government said it had “withdrawn its membership of the British Commonwealth”.
It said it had “decided that The Gambia will never be a member of any neo-colonial institution and will never be a party to any institution that represents an extension of colonialism”.
The last time a nation left the Commonwealth was in 2003, when Zimbabwe withdrew.