The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda has reiterated his intentions to hold a republican referendum following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
The nation gained independence in 1981, but still recognises the UK monarch as its head of state.
The comments came as the country confirmed Charles III as new King and head of state after the death of Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne said a referendum could take place within three years.
“This is not an act of hostility or any difference between Antigua and Barbuda and the monarchy, but it is the final step to complete that circle of independence, to ensure that we are truly a sovereign nation,” said Browne.
The Prime Minister added that his country would remain a committed member of the Commonwealth regardless of the referendum’s outcome.
Browne’s pledge comes amid a growing republican push across the Caribbean region, as Barbados recently became a republic and Jamaica has signalled its intentions to follow suit.
The Queen’s death has also reignited Australia’s monarchy debate.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who was elected in May, has however ruled out a referendum in his first term.
“The bigger questions about our constitution are not ones for this current period,” he told Sky News.
“This is a period in which we are sharing the grief that so many Australians are feeling at the moment, showing our deep respect and admiration for the contribution of the Queen to Australia.”