Serowe - Botswana's former president Ian Khama on Saturday quit the governing BDP which has ruled since independence more than half a century ago, citing deep differences between him and his successor.
Iit is the first time in Botswana that an ex-president has abandoned the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).
Khama told thousands of supporters in his rural home town of Serowe that he made a "mistake" in choosing Mokgweetsi Masisi as the president.
"I came here today to tell you I am parting ways with the BDP. I am throwing away my BDP membership card," said Khama as he trashed his card.
"I don't recognise the BDP anymore".