The President of Austria, second from left and Mr Sanac second from right.
The much-touted harmony is fragile: Austria's Muslims are increasingly on a collision course with the Federal Government and its draft for the new Islamic law. On Monday, the Supreme Council, the highest governing body of the Islamic Community in Austria (IGGiÖ) made a statement - with a protest against the decision. They were disappointed with the approach taken by the government, was stated in a joint press release of the Supreme Council and the IGGiÖ President, Fuat Sanac.
In an interview with the "Die Presse" Sanac clarified that it was initially only a protest. A decision will be taken by them only at a meeting of the Supreme Council on Wednesday and by one of the Upper Councils on Sunday. Legally, however, there is no requirement that something will be placed in the new Islamic law. "We are waiting for the answer," says Sanac. "And we believe that a number of points can be changed." Indeed, one had heard for some time in government circles that there will be no move away from the fundamental points of the law that were considered on January 21 in the National Council.