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A Jacksonville City Council committee voted Tuesday to confirm reappointing Parvez Ahmed to the city's Human Rights Commission.

The vote by the Rules Committee clears the way for a decision by the full council next week, although the 4-3 split of the panel showed divisions remain.

Backers cheered the vote as a step to lay to rest local debates about Muslim values that began when Ahmed, a former national chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, was first appointed to the commission in 2010.


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