Religious Tension in Tanzania

My latest article for WORLD looks into tension in Tanzania and how it could impact politics there. 

Tanzania’s outgoing president has warned rising religious tension in his country could derail an upcoming constitutional referendum on April 30 and elections in October. The country’s Christians are especially worried about a proposal to “accommodate” Islamic courts.

“The threat to peace is high,” President Jakaya Kikwete recently told a group of religious leaders, according to Reuters. “You don’t need to be a master of astrology to know that the current situation, if left unchecked, could plunge our country into a major conflict between Christians and Muslims,” Kikwete added.

The population of officially secular Tanzania is divided, with Christians carrying an overall majority but Muslims dominating the island of Zanzibar.

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