Sunday, April 22, 2012

Parliament demands mufti's resignation over Jerusalem trip

Al-Masry Al-Youm

"Egypt’s Islamist-dominated Parliament on Sunday demanded the resignation of Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa over his controversial visit to Jerusalem last week.

Despite Gomaa’s statements that the visit was unofficial and that it took place under the supervision of the Jordanian authorities, the visit angered those opposed to normalizing relations with Israel.

Parliament Speaker Saad al-Katatny read out a recommendation within a statement issued by the People’s Assembly’s Religious Affairs and Endowments Committee that demanded an apology from Gomaa, and his resignation.

The recommendation received the approval of a majority of Parliament.

It demanded Gomaa’s “repentance to God,” “an apology to the Arab and Islamic peoples” and his resignation."......"

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