The country’s political instability—there have been four prime ministers since 2018—has led to more political parties trying to appeal to conservative Islamic voters. A conservative Islamic political party has made gains at both the local and national levels, and it is now the largest party, though it’s not in power. Party leaders regularly make statements of opposition against religious and ethnic minorities, including Christians.
Even historic Christian denominations or nonprofits are watched by authorities, and any group seen as being more open to evangelism is at risk for official interference. In this reporting period, there were ongoing cases of Christians wishing to change their official religion from Islam—and being denied. To stem the rise of the more Islamic political party, the ruling government—which many observers hoped would implement reforms—instead decided to continue emphasising Islam and favouring Muslim-centric policies.