Religious minorities fear backlash as Sunni Islam declared state religion of Comoros

By 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.