Failed attempt to dismiss a responsible republican muslim

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WASHINGTON | A campaign by some republicans in Texas to dismiss a responsible republican muslim because of his religion has failed after the latter had been confirmed in his functions.

Thursday evening, the members of the executive committee of the local branch of the republican party voted (139 votes for, 49 against) to confirm Shahid Shafi, a surgeon by trade, in his position of vice-president.

Several voices of conservative Tarrant county, near Dallas, were raised to denounce the presence of Shahid Shafi to the post of party leader, because of his muslim faith.

The case had had an impact nationally, and of the major republican figures in Texas, like senator Ted Cruz or governor Greg Abbott, have lent their support to Mr Shafi.

“Religious liberty won tonight,” said after the vote the chairman of the republican section of the county of Tarrant, quoted by the Dallas Morning News.

“This victory is also a warning that we have a lot of work to do to unify our party,” he added.