MOROCCO: FESTIVAL, ISLAMIC PARTY CALLS FOR BAN OF ELTON JOHN
(ANSAmed) – RABAT, MAY 7 – The Moroccan Islamic Justice and Development Party (PJD, opposition) asked today to ban British singer Elton John from participating in the festival Mawazine "because this risks encouraging homosexuality in Morocco," said Mustafa Ramid, the party’s leader in Parliament. "We categorically refuse the participation of this singer because this risks encouraging homosexuality in Morocco," said Ramid. Elton John will be present at the Mawazine festival, which takes place from May 21 to 29 in Rabat with numerous signers such as Julio Iglesias, Mika, Carlos Santana and BB King. "The problem is not him, but the image that he has in the public opinion," said MP Lahcen Daoudi, one of the party leaders. "Society has a negative perception of this singer and we must take that into account." The PJD party filed a request in the lower house of Parliament today calling for "the British singer’s "participation to be banned", also criticising "the welcome that has been reserved for him". (ANSAmed).