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Benalmádena town hall agrees to donate land for construction of a mosque

There are currently more than 2,200 Muslim residents living in Benalmádena.
There are currently more than 2,200 Muslim residents living in Benalmádena. / SUR
  • The town hall is striving for a cosmopolitan municipality and it has previously donated land for the construction of the Hindu temple and the Buddhist stupa

Benalmádena town hall has agreed to donate a 2,000-square-metre plot of land to the local Muslim community for the construction of a mosque.

According to the town's mayor Víctor Navas, the new mosque will be an example of coexistence and tolerance among the multiple nationalities that reside in the town.

The town hall has strived to promote Benalmádena as a cosmopolitan municipality and it has previously donated land for the construction of the Danish, Norwegian and British schools, as well as for the Hindu temple and the Buddhist stupa.

"Benalmádena is an open town, an example of coexistence, tolerance and harmony between more than 120 nationalities and the diverse religious confessions," the mayor said.

There are currently more than 2,200 Muslim residents living in Benalmádena, the majority of whom are from Morocco, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Syria and Egypt.

The initiative was voted in during the council's recent plenary meeting and was backed by PSOE, Ciudadanos and IU.

The far-right political party Vox voted against the proposal, while the People's Party (PP) abstained from the vote.