Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly says it has named the Prophet Mohammed as editor-in-chief for its next issue to celebrate the election win of Tunisia's Islamist party.
Also it has renamed itself Charia Hebdo for one edition to protest against the rise of Islamist political forces in Tunisia and Libya. Charia is the French spelling of Sharia.
To fittingly celebrate the victory of the Islamist Ennahda party in Tunisia ... Charlie Hebdo has asked Mohammed to be the special editor-in-chief of its next issue, the magazine said in a statement.
The prophet of Islam didn't have to be asked twice and we thank him for it, the statement said.
Tunisia's Ennahda won the most seats in the country's Oct. 23 elections and is now trying to form a coalition caretaker government.
This week's Charlie Hebdo contains an editorial signed Mahomet, which says this among other things: There is no god except God, otherwise all hell will be let loose. There is also a supplement called Charia Madame, showing different styles of full-length veils.
The real editor-in-chief of Charlie Hebdo, a cartoonist known only as Charb, said the special edition had been planned to celebrate fittingly the victory of the Islamist Ennahda party in the Tunisian elections and the announcement that Sharia law would be the foundation of the post-Gadhafi state in Libya.
Another cartoon shows Mohammed with a red nose and the caption: Yes Islam and humour are compatible.