Europe’s first hijab-wearing mayor to take office in Bosnia

Express Tribune: VISOKO: A new woman mayor in Bosnia who is the first in her country and the continent to wear the hijab, said Tuesday her election was “a model for Europe and Islam.”

“This is a great victory of democracy. My fellow citizens showed a great open spirit because they elected me first as a woman but also as a woman who wears a veil,” said Amra Babic, elected Sunday in the town of Visoko.

“This is a model for Europe but even beyond, for the East and the West which meet here in Bosnia,” she told AFP at the local branch of her party, still plastered with her campaign posters.

Babic, 43, who regularly wears the hijab, won 30% of the votes in the mayoral race in Visoko, a town of some 40,000 people near the capital of Sarajevo.

Two days after the vote, Babic, wearing a scarf covering her hair, ears and neck, was busy receiving by telephone congratulations for her victory. Others were coming in to bring her bouquets of flowers.


One Comment on “Europe’s first hijab-wearing mayor to take office in Bosnia”

  1. Bashy Quraishy
    October 12, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    How come a HIjab become a qualification for the job of a mayor? She has to run the city and not a mosque. Please wake up and do not glorify a person chice as a political victory. Islam is much more than beards, hijabs and Arabic dress code.

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