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US president should not be Muslim: Carson

Published 21/09/2015 | 02:30

U.S. Republican candidate Dr. Ben Carson
U.S. Republican candidate Dr. Ben Carson

Republican candidate Ben Carson said yesterday he does not believe a Muslim should be US president.

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Mr Carson, a neurosurgeon who has never been elected to any political office, said Islam was not "consistent with the [American] constitution."

"I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that," he said.

America's largest Muslim civil rights group condemned Mr Carson for his statement, which it said should disqualify him from the presidential contest.

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has already come under fire for failing to challenge a man who made anti-Muslim remarks at an event in New Hampshire last week.

Asked yesterday whether he believed Muslims were a problem, Mr Trump said: "Some Muslims, and the terrorism and everything else, it seems to be pretty much confined there. So it is a problem, and we can say no, but it is." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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