Denmark: New Muslim party
A new Muslim party will aim to address both Muslims and the most vulnerable groups in society to gain more political influence
The Interior and for Social Affairs Ministry’s electoral board has allowed for the establishment of a new Islamic political party in Denmark, reports TV2 News.
According to its founder, Ras Anbessa, Danmarks Muslimer will seek to recruit a majority of Muslims to gain more influence in Danish politics.
‘Danish society is characterized by the fact that Muslims must not turn out as a group to vote. But we are continually identified as a separate group, so we might as well stand together and work on creating some positive initiatives, said Anbessa. [Ed: I understood his words differently. That Danish society expects Muslims not to display themselves as a group, but that they're always identified as a separate group."
He said that it was especially the most vulnerable groups in society to whom the party will try to reach out.
‘We have to go in and identify the people we believe are in the worst situations and come up with some serious and effective means to solve their problems,’ said Anbessa.
He identified the homeless, disabled, young people, elderly and the nation’s integration policies as being the new party’s key targets.
But the party’s name alone may work to its disadvantage, according to Professor Kasper Møller Hansen, political science expert at the University of Copenhagen. He believes it indicates religion as being important for the party – something that won’t win over many non-Muslim Danes.
Source: Copenhagen Post (English)
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