Friday, May 25, 2012

Egyptian Christians vote cautiously in elections

Islamic political parties already hold about 65 percent of seats in Egypt's Parliament
Electoral coordinators prepare to count ballots at a school used as a polling station in Cairo May 24. Egyptian voters of many ages, occupations and beliefs stood in line for hours to cast their ballots for a new president. The winner would replace Hosni Mubarak, deposed in an uprising last year. Asmaa Waguih / CNS.
The B.C. Catholic has coverage of the historic Egyptian elections. Catholic News Service's Michael Gunn reports Christian Egyptians are throwing their support behind candidates who will keep Islamic power in check:
Although no official statistics on the Christian vote were reported, in the days before and during the election, many of Egypt's Christians said they would support candidates who served under ousted President Hosni Mubarak and said the ideals of the 2011 revolution might have been too ambitious.

"For me as a Christian I have only a few choices -- the other side is Islamic, I can't choose them," said a man identified only as Rami, 45, a worshipper at the Catholic basilica in Cairo's Heliopolis district.
Read the full story at The B.C. Catholic website.

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