Athens mayor candidates split on mosque referendum
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Athens’ center-left mayor Giorgos Kamanis says Greece has an “international obligation” to build a mosque in the capital, criticizing a proposal by his main opponent in municipal elections next month to hold a city referendum on the project.
Plans to build a mosque in the Greek capital have been delayed for more than a decade, with Muslim immigrants instead using makeshift prayer sites around the city. But the government has agreed to fund a project worth nearly 1 million euros ($1.37 million) at a former industrial site where a major redevelopment is planned.
Kaminis, the front-runner in opinion polls for re-election, on Monday described the referendum proposal by conservative challenger Aris Spiliotopoulos as a “serious blunder.”
Spiliotopoulos, a former religious affairs minister, argued voters should have the last word.