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Anti-Islam candidate among contenders to lead Britain's UKIP
Eleven candidates are vying to lead Britain's right-wing UK Independence Party, including the founder of an anti-Islam organization.

 

Anne Marie Waters, founder of a group called Sharia Watch, is on the list announced late Friday despite opposition from some UKIP members. Party leaders blocked her from being a candidate in June's national election, citing her views on Islam.

 

UKIP opposes Britain's European Union membership, and played a key role in bringing about the 2016 referendum that ended in a decision to leave the bloc.

 

The party has struggled since achieving its main goal. It has no members of Parliament, and lacks a potential leader as well-known as ex-chief Nigel Farage.

 

Farage says UKIP will be "finished" if it becomes an anti-Islam party.

 

Members will choose a new leader next month.