Former MP Khaled Fouad Allam is expressing his dissatisfaction with Italy’s recent parliamentary elections, citing the loss of representation by Italy’s centre-left Democratic party due to a philosophical breakdown within the party. Allam accused the centre-left of “eulogizing (US Democratic presidential hopeful) Barack Obama and calling his candidacy epoch-making, while failing to field a single new Italian citizen as a candidate on its lists.” Commenting on Berlusconi’s win and the gains of the Northern League, Allam expressed concern that little progress would be made from this election, except that: “Italy will maintain and seek to strengthen its relations with the Arab world – its dependence on it for oil and gas make any change of direction inadvisable.” Allam is a member of Consulta Islamica, a government appointed body to represent various Muslim communities in Italy.http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Politics/?id=1.0.2086449437
Prominent Italian Muslim Khaled Fouad Allam is joining a protest against the building of a mosque in the central Italian town of Siena. “I am against the building of the mosque, not because I believe the faithful should not have the right to a place of worship but because it is premature to have mosques without controlling the imams,” said Allam. Allam is a former member of the Italian parliament, and joins centre-right Forza senator Gaetano Quagliariello to oppose the mosque. Quagliariello has stated that imams should follow a multi-disciplinary training like that of the new program offered by the Catholic Institute in Paris.
For the first time in the country’s history, almost all party lists in Italy’s mid-April elections will contain at least one Muslim candidate. Among the hopefuls include Souad Sbai, the Moroccan Women’s Association president, also a member of Italy’s Consulta Islamica, a government’ appointed consultative body for Muslims in Italy. Italy’s Northern League has its eyes set on Moroccan-born Zakkaria Najibi, a local councillor in Padua, and strong opponent of illegal immigration. The centre-left Democrat party is expected to court sociology lecturer and columnist Khaled Fouad Allam, while the Values party is urging for support of Islamic studies lecturer Ahmad Vincenzo as a candidate for the Senate.