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Molenbeek Mayor's Extended Absence Amid Escalating Tensions

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Muhammad Jawad
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Molenbeek Mayor's Extended Absence Amid Escalating Tensions

Since October 19, Catherine Moureaux, the mayor of Molenbeek, has been conspicuously absent from her post, as reported by RTBF. Initially planned for a mere fortnight, her absence has been repeatedly extended with an anticipated return of December 10, a date subject to further delay.

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Unrest within Molenbeek College

Internal strife within the Molenbeek College is hardly a recent development. However, the tension has heightened following an alleged physical altercation between Moureaux and Alderman Abdellah Achaoui. The incident concluded with Moureaux being accused of scratching Achaoui, a claim she fervently denies, asserting she only grasped him by the collar to usher him out of her office.

Accusations of Falsification

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Adding to the turmoil, two opposition members lodged a complaint on October 18, accusing Moureaux of tampering with official documents. The outcome of these allegations remains uncertain, casting a shadow over Moureaux's anticipated return.

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