Countries Fight Over the Make-up of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM)

A number of Arab and Muslim countries are engaged in power struggles to push the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) to elect a new council on June 8th, 2008. 5,232 mosque representatives will elect a 65-member general assembly which will elect a 17-member board. The board will then elect a president. The run-up to the elections has seen fierce battles, primarily between Algerian and Moroccan-affiliated groups. Turkey and other Gulf countries are also vying for a foothold in the CFCM.