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May 14, 2000

New leader elected by the MCB (Muslim Council of Britain)

A new leader was elected yesterday evening at the MCB's third Annual General Meeting, reports The Muslim News. The outgoing Secretary General, Iqbal Sacranie, told The Muslim News: "I pray that my successor will be able to carry forward the work of the MCB for the common good." The newly elected Secretary General, Yousuf Bhailok, from Preston, said that Muslims have an important role in building a better Britain for all its citizens: "The challenge we face is to portray the true face of Islam," he told The Muslim News just after he won the elections.

Iqbal Sacranie had served two two-year terms as Secretary General, the maximum he could serve under the constitution. In his opening speech to the delegates he said:"It is true to say, that in its first two years the Muslim Council of Britain has been able to establish itself in the life of the Muslim Community and in the wider society, and also abroad. In many senses, however, our work has only begun."

Yousuf Bhailock, 43, a businessman, was elected by delegates representing more than 300 affiliated Muslim organisations from across Britain, made up of 22 national, seven regional and 284 local and other organisations.

The newly elected office bearers of the Muslim Council of Britain, who will serve for the next two years are: Yousuf Bhailok, Secreatary General, Lawyer Mahmood Al-Rashid, Deputy Secreatary General, Cllr. Mohammad Afzal Khan, Assistant Secretary General and Fadi Ettani, of Islamic Relief, Treasurer.

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