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Muslim Parliament In Switzerland

Muslims in Switzerland are founding their own parliament to campaign for greater rights and representation in the Alpine country.

Two local Muslim groups have got together to set up a 'Swiss Umma' which will represent all Muslims living in Switzerland. Umma is an Arabic word which means "A community of Muslims".

The first test election is set to take place in Autumn 2012 in Basel.

The parliament – named Umma Schweiz – could be fully functioning by 2013 according to Farhad Afshar from the Coordination Islamic Organisation (KIOS) in Switzerland.

The organisation will be open to the 400,000 Muslims living in Switzerland. Announcing the plan the organisations confirmed that the aim is to campaign to enable Muslims to have more of a voice in Switzerland.

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