The French Muslim party will run in the by-elections
A senior Turkish-Muslim Party for Equality and Justice (PEJ) official told Anadolu that an upcoming by-election on May 22 would serve as preparation for the country’s general elections in 2017.
EJP chairman Sakir Colak said a party was needed to defend the rights of Muslims exposed to discrimination in France.
The EJP – based on a Turkish and Muslim initiative – will stand in the by-elections called after the resignation of the Socialist Party deputy, Armand Jung.
Colak said the party had reached its current level thanks to the efforts of Turkish and foreign associations since 1998. He added that members of the association were candidates for the Socialist Party in the 2001 municipal elections, but then quit the party. , appearing again on independent lists.
Colak said these candidates should “come together under one party roof”.
The PEJ claims that the party not only represents the Turkish people, but also defends the rights of other foreigners.
“The main objective of the party is to fight against injustice and inequalities. No one represents the Muslim community in Strasbourg,” said Colak.
Meanwhile, the party’s candidate MEP in Strasbourg, Murat Yozgat, said: âOur party first appeared in the  regional elections. This will be our second appearance. Our objective is to have an impact on this election and to make our party knownâ¦ before the French legislative elections of 2017. â
The PEJ was eliminated in the first round of the provincial council election held in March 2015.
However, the party managed to garner thousands of votes in four cities and 10 townships just two months after its founding.
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