As Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is running for re-election, the country’s minority Christian community, which generally supports him, will be casting their votes during the three-day election that began Monday. But security remains a concern.
“We will participate regardless of anything,” Euro News quoted a Cairo resident as saying.
More than 100 Christians have been killed in attacks by Islamist groups inspired by Islamic State since December 2016.
“There is no other man like him (al-Sisi) … at the moment,” Edward Tawfik, a 60-year-old who runs a coffee shop in the area, told Agence France Presse.
Al-Sisi, as a defense minister in 2013, overthrew Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, and was elected president a year later. Al-Sisi, who has taken steps to protect Coptic Christians from being attacked, has received praises from Egypt’s Coptic Pope Tawadros II.
However, the Coptic church has not officially endorsed al-Sisi. “We are not calling on people to vote for a particular person, but just to vote,” a church spokesperson, Boulos Halim, told AFP.
Egypt has roughly 10 million Christians. Halim said that the church is encouraging members to cast votes despite security concerns.
Al-Sisi is likely to be re-elected, as a centrist politician, Moussa Mostafa Moussa, is the only other presidential candidate and says he, too, supports al-Sisi.
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Source: Christian Post