Pray for Tunisian Christians’ Voice to be Heard in 2019 Presidential Elections

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A week ago Tunisia experienced a coordinated double-suicide bombing targeting local police. The bombings happened within 10 minutes of each other. Todd Nettleton with Voice of the Martyrs USA says ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, though there is no proof verifying the group’s involvement.

Bombing in Tunisia

According to Nettleton, this violence comes as the country prepares to elect a new leader. Tunisia’s president will not run for re-election this year. This move towards democracy follows after “peaceful protests [and] marches earlier this spring.”

Tunisia is a Muslim-majority nation and is ranked* as the 37th most difficult place to live as a Christian. It is unlikely the coming election will produce anything other than an Islamic government. Protests in Tunisia once sparked the Arab Spring. Today, it is considered a success story of the movement. Now, there is some concern the recent unrest could undo current progress.

“Things seem to be moving in a peaceful and positive direction towards the exercise of democracy there. Now you have these two bombings [after] the President was hospitalized [because] he is, and has been for a while, in very poor health” Nettleton explains. More than anything else, uncertainty characterizes the upcoming elections.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Bethann Flynn