Dar al-Fatwa: Higher Islamic Council Elections Set for Sundayإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
The elections of members of the Higher Islamic Council will take place on Sunday, said Dar al-Fatwa on Saturday.
It announced in a statement that the elections will take place at 10:00 a.m. in all centers of the authority throughout Lebanon.
The Higher Islamic Council elects the mufti and organizes the affairs of Dar al-Fatwa, Lebanon’s top Sunni religious authority.
Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani stressed on Friday that a new Council will be elected on Sunday, denying reports on any postponement.
Divisions within Dar al-Fatwa began to surface last year when the 32-member council extended its own term until the end of 2013, a move Qabbani deemed as illegal.
The mufti refuses to hold or join any meetings at Dar al-Fatwa and called last month for elections of council members to be held on April 14.
Last year, the Shura Council suspended a call for the elections after 21 Council members, who are close to ex-Premier Saad Hariri's al-Mustaqbal Movement, filed a challenge against Qabbani's invitation to hold the polls.