n Conflict Trends - Trends in constitutional and political development

Volume 2001, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


In the last quarter, inter- religious tension appears to have taken centre stage in Tanzania's political scene, and it is likely to impact on current and future discussions regarding the constitution. Reacting to a recent conviction of a Muslim youth activist on a charge of defaming the Christian faith, a group of predominantly Muslim youth organised a demonstration in Dar es Salaam. The high court of Tanzania later intervened to suspend the sentence in the interest of public order, and also to avert further protests. The demonstrations resulted in the arrest of more than 170 people, 41of whom were formally charged.

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