Monday, 25 October 2010
Britain Elects Islamic Mayor, Marks Increasing Muslim Influence
Barely 25 percent of the East London borough of Tower Hamlets bothered to vote for a mayor this week; at the end, an Islamist candidate was elected. The race was ultimately between Lutfur Rahman, running as an Independent candidate, and Helal Abbas, the Labor Party candidate.
An article written in the January 3 edition of the London Evening Standard claimed the Tower Hamlets council was alleged to have “fallen under the influence of the Islamic Forum of Europe.” The piece quoted parliamentarian Jim Fitzpatrick, who said the IFE has been “placing people within the political parties, recruiting members, trying to get individuals elected so they can exercise political influence at local government or national level.”
Rahman, who won the election by an almost two-to-one margin, is linked with the Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE) and has a number of wealthy backers, including powerful local business owners (...)