Germany: Central Council of Muslims urges engagement in federal election

Chairman of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany Aiman Mazyek called on the Muslim population in the country to exercise their right to vote, in Berlin, Friday. Mazyek pointed out that a widespread abstention would would see the election of a party they may not want at all. The council initiated a poster campaign to promote election participation amongst Germany's Muslim communities, in... Еще order to encourage them «to fulfill their responsibilities and make it clear that those who do not vote, have, in any doubt, already voted for a party that they do not want at all». The expert from Aachen, born from a Syrian father and a German mother, stated, that although the recent comments from Turkish politicians during the current election campaign in Germany didn't help calming tensions between Ankara and Berlin, he didn't believe that they will have a big effect. Mazyek, active in Christian-Islamic dialogue, stressed that the council never put forward a voting recommendations however he noted that «the only recommendation that we give is to not vote for an extremist party that want to split our country, we must try to prevent this». According to German authorities calculations, between 4.4 and 4.7 million Muslims lived in Germany at the end of 2015. According to the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, approximately 1.5 million Muslims are entitled to vote.

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