Monday, April 17, 2006

Muslims claim they swung Italy's election

Italian Muslims claim they mobilized the votes to defeat Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

They joined forces with Italy's substantial communist voting bloc to change the majority in the Chamber of Deputies and remove Berlusconi from power. The margin was slim: just over 25,000 votes.

The head of Italy's largest Islamic organization said that until the current vote, Muslims had not voted as a large bloc.

Union of Islamic Communities in Italy (UCOII) leader Hamza Piccardo said, "Today things have changed: Apart from our indication to vote for the Party of Italian Communists of Oliviero Diliberto, an important aspect was the presence of several [Muslim] candidates in parties within the Union coalition, notably Khaled Fouad Allam for the Daisy and Ali Rashid for the Refounded Communist Party."


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