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ICC Note: President Azali Assoumani initiated the referendum that led Sunni Islam to become the State Religion of Comoros. This may result in the indigenous Christians facing even more discrimination based on the history of the nation where Christians had to experience hardships because of their faith.

08/06/2018 Comoros (World Watch Monitor) – On Monday 30 July, the “Yes” vote recorded an overwhelming victory in the referendum on constitutional reforms in the southeast African island nation of Comoros, declaring Sunni Islam the “religion of the state”.

“The state draws from this religion the principles and rules of Sunnite observance,” the amended constitution reads.

According to World Watch Monitor’s local source, this is expected to have a tough impact on the country’s small Christian minority, who number only a few thousand of the country’s roughly 825,000 population.

“Things have been very hard on indigenous Christians before, and this kind of specification is expected to make things even harder for them,” the source said.

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