“Muslim, secular and reformist. This is not how the Democratic Party wants me”

28 June 2016

"Dear Matteo Renzi,

My name is Maryan Ismail, I am an Italian citizen of Somali origin, registered as a member of the Democratic Party (PD) (..). I am Muslim, secular and progressive. I consider myself as part of an Islam which, in numbers, represents the majority of Muslims, but that is financially unsupported and therefore unheard of".

Maryan Ismail begins with these words her letter addressed to the Italian Prime Minister and Secretary of the Italian leading party "PD" Matteo Renzi. She resigned from the Democratic Party since she found no support from within the party because seen as not sufficiently representative of her religion, she claims.

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo comments on these latest events.

This article is in Italian and can be read here.