Tunisian President Wants Ban Over Marriage of Muslim Women with Non-Muslims to be lifted

On the occasion of National Women’s Day, Tunisian President Beji Caed Essibsi called upon the Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice to remove the ban over Muslim women marrying Non- Muslims. The President vocally suggested changes to be made to their Publication 73 in the Constitution to remove the restriction. The President made clear that according to the sixth chapter of the Constitution there should be complete freedom of belief practiced in the country.

Publication 73 was written by the Ministry of Justice in the year 1973 and prevented local Tunisian women from entering wedlock with any foreigners. It was noted that the religion and faith of the man must be recognized by the mufti presiding over the marriage. With a step forward in the right direction, Essibsi expressed that this law was an obstacle for women in the way of making a free choice regarding their partners. When the amendment is made and the law is passed, Tunisia will be the first Muslim nation that allows its women to marry outside of their faith, in history.
The President reassured in his speech that Islam is not a hindrance in the way of democratic living and progress. He stated that he looked forward to seeing equality between men and women in the nation.
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Roamnian President rejects Muslim candidate as PM

Romanian president Klaus Iohannis has rejected Sevil Shhaideh as the  Prime Ministerial candidate from the left-wing Party of Social Democrats (PSD) on Tuesday.

Shhaideh would have been Romania’s first female and Muslim prime minister .

The president gave no reason for rejecting the 52-year-old Turkish politician.”I have properly analysed the arguments for and against and I have decided not to accept this proposal,” Klaus Iohannis said in a televised statement, reported Aljazeera.

The rejected candidate has been criticized for her lack of experience, which is limited only to a term as a regional minister. Speculations have also garnered around the Syrian origin of her husband who has been considered as a security risk.

In response, PSD leader Liviu Dragnea hinted upon trying to impeach President Iohannis. He accused Iohannis of wanting “to start a political crisis”. Dragnea withdrew his bid in the prime ministerial candidature due to his two-year suspension sentence for electoral fraud.

Many analysts have speculated that Sevil’s close association with Dragnea, leading her to act as his ‘puppet’ after becoming the prime minister,as a contributing factor in her rejection.

In the general elections on December 11, the PSD won 45 percent of the total votes along with its allies, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats. Together they now control 250 seats out of the 465 in the two-house assembly,sufficient to get their prime ministerial candidate elected.

However, with a new turn in the political front, the future of the Romanian government stands on shaky grounds.

SOURCES: BBC, Aljazeera

 

Shiv Sena MPs unhappy with food service, force feed Muslim worker

New Delhi: Members of the Shiv Sena allegedly force-fed a Muslim worker, who was fasting on occasion of the holy month of Ramzan, at the Maharashtra Sadan. The incident took place when a group of around 15 MPs were discussing complaints about the lack of services at the Maharashtra Sadan.

Shiv Sena MP Ranjan Vichare. Image courtesy: Firstpost
Shiv Sena MP Ranjan Vichare. Image courtesy: Firstpost

The Lok Sabha assembled for the day following which the issue was raised by the opposition parties such as the Congress, Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD), Trinamool Congress and the AIADMK raised the topic. The issue cause adjournments at both the Houses as opposition demanded that the issue by thoroughly investigated.

The Sena leaders have been accused of misbehaving with the staff for not serving them Maharashtrian food at the Sadan. Shiv Sena party Chief Uddhav Thackery said that the intention of Sena leaders was not to harm anybody’s religious sentiments.

MP Rajan Vichare stated, “With a great power come great responsibility and we understand it perfectly well. Now that we have realized our power to force feed anyone, we are certainly going to use it for the benefit of society and our constituencies”, while addressing a joint press conference along with some Shiv Sena leaders who were implicated in the act.

Indian Railway’s IRCTC without any delay suspended the catering service in disapproval. IRCTC has filed a complaint in writing to Maharashtra Resident Commissioners saying the employee had been “deeply pained and hurt as religious sentiments are attached.”

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UK’s first Muslim MP resigns to be Pakistani governor

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Former Labour party MP from Glasgow, Mr Mohammed Sarwar | Image Courtesy: The Independent

 

It was a difficult decision, said 60 year old Mohammed Sarwar. His children were raised in Glasgow, his grandchildren are there currently and he is going to miss them but he believes that sometimes you have to make difficult decisions for the greater good. Sarwar, who made headlines as Britain’s  first Muslim MP,  has renounced his British citizenship in order to become the governor of Punjab,  Pakistan’s most populous province. He took up the third most senior figure of Pakistani government after talks with the country’s newly-elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, last week.

From the Punjabi city of Pirmahal to the University of Faisalabad and then to Britain in the early 1980’s, Mr Sarwar’s first venture into politics came during the Labour Party’s landslide victory in 1997 when he was elected as the MP for Glasgow Govan, a constituency in Scotland’s second largest city.

On his appointment he became Britain’s first Muslim MP and the first to swear the Oath of Allegiance to the Queen on the Holy Koran.

Mr Sarwar’s association with PM Nawaz Sharif is not recent. He has been a long time supporter of Mr Sharif and is said to have wide business dealings with the Prime Minister’s family. He also played a key role in choosing candidates for key constituencies, which paved the way for Pakistan Muslim League(N) leader Nawaz Sharif’s election victory earlier this year. Sarwar was forced to renounce his British nationality as Pakistan’s law forbids ministers and senior officials from holding dual nationality.

 

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(With inputs from Gopika B. Nair)

Haasan gets emotional, says will leave TN

“I am a victim of a political game,” said Kamal Haasan at a press conference in Chennai. Distraught by the stay in the release of his magnum opus Vishwaroopam, Kamal hinted at finding another ‘secular’ country to live in. “Like the way MF Hussain did,” he said.

Produced at a budget of Rs 90 crores, Kamal has claimed of pledging all his property on this film. Vishwaroopam was banned in Tamil Nadu after Muslim groups protested over the alleged depiction of their community in a negative light.

Watch an emotional Kamal Haasan talk about his movie, at this link.

A still from Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroopam. The actor plays a Kathak dancer in the film.
A still from Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam. The actor plays a Kathak dancer in the film.