Tunisia: State regains control of mosques

Campaign ends, 149 "out of control" beginning of year

18 December, 10:03

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, DECEMBER 18 - Tunisia has wrapped up a campaign for the State's control of mosques held by religious extremist groups, said the ministry for religious affairs in a statement calling on imams to respect the neutrality of mosques regarding the electoral campaign for presidential elections.

    Religion, the statement also said, needs to help create a peaceful social climate and avoid local tensions and aggressiveness. The ministry for religious affairs in the Maghreb country recalled that as many as 149 mosques - out of a total of 5,000 across the country - were controlled by Islamists at the beginning of the year. In Tunisia, as is the case in other Arab and Muslim countries, the State controls mosques, through the ministry for religious affairs, to ensure that they maintain only a religious role. (ANSAmed)
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