Mus­lim leader sacked over choice of bride

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIO­NAL -

SKOPJE (AP):

NORTH MACE­DO­NIA’S Is­lamic com­mu­nity voted Wed­nes­day to dis­miss its leader over his de­ci­sion to marry a woman 50 years his ju­nior.

Sule­j­man Rex­hepi, 73, re­cently posted his mar­riage plans on so­cial me­dia, shock­ing many Mus­lims in the coun­try due to the cou­ple’s dif­fer­ence in age.

The ma­jor­ity of the Is­lamic Re­li­gious Com­mu­nity’s gov­ern­ing body backed the move to re­move Rex­hepi from his post. Rex­hepi was first elected as Is­lamic leader in 2006 and re­peat­edly re-elected af­ter that.

Rex­hepi has had the sup­port of most muftis in North Mace­do­nia and sur­vived sev­eral at­tempts to re­move him fol­low­ing ac­cu­sa­tions of al­leged cor­rup­tion.

About one-third of North Mace­do­nia’s 2.1 mil­lion pop­u­la­tion is Mus­lim.

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