Angolan Embassy: Angola has not banned Islam in the country

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Islam not banned in Angola: Officials
Luanda, Nov 26: After news of Angola becoming the first country in the world to ban Islam began doing the rounds, the Angolan Embassy in Washington DC did a U-turn and clarified that there was no such ban and that these were malicious reports, aimed to create tension in the country.

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said: "The Republic of Angola, it's a country that does not interfere in religion. We have a lot of religions there. It is freedom of religion. We have Catholic, Protestants, Baptists, Muslims and Evangelical people."

'Rumours aimed at creating tension in the country'

On Monday news emerged that Angola was the first country in the world to ban Islam. The news, said to be a rumour, is said to have originated in the African press that even quoted the country's culture minister.

The news reports even quoted President Santos saying that this was the end of Islamic influence in the country.The President however, was not available to comment on the issue as he was travelling abroad, reports said.

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