Monday 18 December 2017

Miss World pageant opens amid protests

Miss World organiser Julia Morley
Miss World organiser Julia Morley

Press Association

The 63rd Miss World beauty pageant has opened in Indonesia after protests by Muslim hardliners confined the event to the predominantly Hindu resort island of Bali.

The opening ceremony, which was televised to 186 countries, featured Bali's Kecak Dance and a parade of all 131 contestants.

Days of protests by hardline Muslim groups and the rejection of the contest by a leading clerics' organisation had forced the government to move the September 28 final round to Bali.

The Indonesia Ulema Council, the country's most influential clerics' body, and the hardline groups Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia and Front for Islamic Defenders have urged the government to cancel the event.

The chairwoman of the Miss World Organisation, Julia Morley (pictured), has promised that none of the contestants will wear a bikini.

Irish Independent

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