The Spanish political party Coalition for Melilla have threatened legal action is sheep imports are not authorized before Eid Al Adha. (PSOE).
Rabat – Defending Muslims in Melilla, Spanish political party Coalition for Melilla (CPM) has said that they will end the coalition with the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSO) unless the ban on sheep imports from Morocco is lifted.
The CPM currently holds the majority in the government of the autonomous city. They are calling on the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment (Mapama) to allow the import of sheep from Morocco for the upcoming Eid Al Adha, the feast of sacrifice celebrated by Muslims across the world.
President of the party, Mustafa Aberchan, said that if the ministry says that it has no agreement “under any circumstances, as we think it does, we would not reconcile the action of the government with the party that supports the central executive,” according to Melilla Hoy.
The president added that it will dedicate all its efforts to taking the case to court if necessary.
Aberchan recalled that his party filed an administrative complaint for perversion of justice against former president of the regional ministry for Public Health, Paz Velazquez, due to the ban on sheep imports.
“That is why the former president of the Presidency is sitting on the bench, because that behavior should not be allowed… the only possible way is to expand the complaint,” Aberchan threatened the Ministry of Agriculture.
The political party emphasized that Spanish laws “establish preventive measures” against foot and mouth disease for the entry of animals to Melilla and Ceuta.
However, the party president stressed that “At no time” the law “speaks of the prohibition” of access of sheep to both cities.
Morocco is expected to celebrate Eid al Adha on August 12. The Eid is a religious holiday celebrated annually by Muslims worldwide on the 10th of the month of Dhu Al-Hijjah.
It is the last and most sacred month in the Hijri Calendar (Islamic lunar calendar), and is the month in which the Hajj (pilgrimage) takes place.²