The Conservatives have suspended a council by-election candidate following "unacceptable comments" on social media.
Laurel Ellis was picked for the Gurnos ward on Merthyr Tydfil council.
She had shared posts critical of Islam and showing Theresa May in Muslim religious dress, which Labour AM Dawn Bowden claimed were Islamophobic.
Ms Ellis said she would not defend the posts and regretted comments she had made about Mrs May on Twitter.
The Conservative Party announced the suspension following inquiries from BBC Wales about the Facebook posts on Wednesday.