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Egypt’s Christian Leaders Congratulate El-Sisi on Presidential Victory

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Egyptian presidential hopeful Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. Photo: RogDel via Wikimedia Commons. Leaders of Egypt’s Christian community congratulated Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on winning Egypt’s presidential election and welcomed the outcome of the race.

Pope Tawadros II, who heads Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, described El-Sisi’s win as “the fruit of the people’s trust and indication of clear popular will,” Al-Ahram reported.

Tawadros has been outspoken in his support of El-Sisi. Last year he appeared alongside El-Sisi, along with his Muslim counterpart Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayeb, head of Al-Azhar University, to give legitimacy to the new military-backed government following the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi.

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Other Christian leaders in Egypt echoed Tawadros’s sentiment.

“El-Sisi is the right man at the right time. His victory gives us Christians security and a perspective for the future. Better times are coming,” Bishop Adel Zaky, who heads the Catholic Church in Egypt, told the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need.

“He is a religious person, but he sees religion as a private matter. His prime concern is his country. He demonstrated this when he saved Egypt from an impending civil war last year,” Zaky said.

Egyptian Christians make up approximately 10 percent of the country’s 80 million people. Tawadros, along with Egypt’s Muslim leaders, are scheduled to attend El-Sisi’s swearing-in ceremony on Sunday.

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