Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Separation of church and state under threat in Madagascar?

The BBC takes a look at the increasingly close relationship between religion and politics in Madagascar under President Marc Ravolomanana. Many members of the majority Catholic sect are concerned that Ravolomanana is using his position to promote his branch of Protestantism. His explusion from the country of a long-serving Jesuit priest caused controversy. The president also pushed through constitutional changes that officially made Madagascar a Christian state. Ravolomanana's advisor denied that this constituted any threat to the separation of church and state.

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