Muslim Academy "part of election campaign"

Labor Minister Rasim Ljajić say the Bosniak Academy of Arts and Sciences (BANU) in Novi Pazar was pure "political campaigning ahead of the next election."

Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti

"They will not stop at forming BANU, but will form more similar institutions. The goal it to get media coverage and maintain the tension. This is actually noting but politicaling campaigning ahead of the next election. Of course, none of these institutions will do any actual work," Ljajić told the Friday edition of the Belgrade daily Večernje Novosti.

Asked if he is worried by Mufti Muamer Zukorlić's growing influence, Ljajić, himself a Bosniak from this southwestern region of Serbia, said that "if we do what we have been planning - invest in infrastructure and the economy - we should not fear a political radicalization in Sandžak."

"Zukorlić is riding a wave of dissatisfaction over the difficult economic situation. This is the ideal time for every opportunist who has no responsibility," Ljajić said.

BANU was founded on June 9, at the International University of Novi Pazar. It has 21 members, including heads of the Islamic Community in Bosnia-Herzegovina Mustafa Cerić and Serbia Muamer Zukorlić.

Zukorlić's Islamic Community in Serbia, one of the two rival Islamic communities in the country, is a part of the Islamic Community in Bosnia, and recognizes Cerić as its only supreme head.


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