Tunisia: 200 imams to go on hunger strike

To protest directive allowing mosque-goers to choose preachers

06 June, 14:51

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, JUNE 6 - Starting from the first day of the month of Ramadan, 200 imams from the Tunis governorate will be going on a hunger strike, the Union of Religious Leaders has announced.

    The protest is being staged against a decree issued by Minister of Religious Affairs Noureddine Khadmi allowing mosque-goers to choose which imam they want to lead the prayer. Union leader Fadhel Achour added that there are 178 mosques in the country which are now controlled by ''Salafi jihadists'' and that 1,048 imams and preachers have suffered acts of violence without the Ministry of Religious Affairs initiating an investigation into the incidents.(ANSAmed).

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