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More than 2,000 churches have been closed and over 1,000 more face closure after Angola’s cabinet approved a new law requiring them to register with the government, including presenting at least 100,000 signatures of followers, as reported by Nairobi-based news site The East African.

A local pastor told World Watch Monitor that it was impossible to collect the required 100,000 signatures from at least 12 provinces, given they had only received a month’s notice.

By introducing the new regulations, the southern African country has followed Rwanda and Cameroon, who earlier this year announced new religious directives that have caused thousands of churches to close.

“The number of illegal churches in the country has reached 4,000,” Francisco de Castro Maria, a government director for religious matters, told the state-owned Jornal de Angola newspaper, as quoted by The East African.

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