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Catalonia elects its third Muslim representative

The Catalan independence movement has vigorously promoted the immigration of Muslims from Marocco and Pakistan over the last 30 years. Catalonia has now elected its first female Muslim MP in the region’s elections.

Published: December 27, 2017, 11:34 am

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    Last Thursday, after the election of the first female Islamic member, the number of Muslim parliamentarian representatives rose to three.

    The December 21st election marked the 12th Parliament of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia, during which pro-independence parties won a clear majority in the region.

    The thirty-six-year-old Moroccan was placed 10th on the list of the Barcelona’s Republican Left Party of Catalonia, becoming the first woman of the Catalan community to join the legislative body of Catalonia.

    “I am taking this step at such a complicated time for Catalonia because I believe it’s necessary to civilize part of society – that minority which believes that another minority is second-class,” said Driouech, according to a report in Morocco World News.

    One of the key figures in the Catalan independence movement is Jordi Pujol, president of the Generalitat de Catalunya from 1980 to 2003, and until 2003 the chair of the Party Convergència i Unió (CiU).

    Pujol, worried about the low birth rate in Catalonia, also worried that new jobs would be taken by hundreds of thousands of Hispano-Americans. As the Spanish-speaking Hispanics did not speak Catalan, they would therefore not be part of the Catalan culture but rather Spanish culture.

    For that reason, predominantly Muslims from Morocco and Pakistan, were taught Catalan. Catalonia has now become one of the most important mediterranean centres of radical Islamists. On October 2, 2007, in a classified document published by the Spanish daily El País, the US embassador to Spain, Eduardo Aguirre, warned Washington about the development.

    The Muslim population grew to more than 500 000. In 2012, the second most common name in the province of Girona was Mohammed. In the region of Segarra (Lérida), 55 percent of the children born in 2014 had foreign mothers.

    The community of Salt (Girona), in which 12 000 of the 30 000 inhabitants are Muslims, has been called a “New Mecca of the radical Salafists” by the mayor of the town.

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