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2 U.S. Muslim groups plan to join forces

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American Muslim Council and American Muslim Alliance, which have both sought more Muslim involvement in U.S. politics, plan to merge into the new National American Muslim Federation.

The announcement came from Yahya Mossa Basha, chairman of the Washington-based council, and Agha Saeed, chairman of the alliance, which has offices in Newark, Calif., near San Francisco.

Saeed predicted the federation would be "a far more effective vehicle" with "a broader agenda for activism."

The day the agreement was reached, Basha announced the resignation of Eric Erfan Vickers after less than a year as the council's executive director.