“A senior church leader in Egypt has expressed grave doubts about the prospects for Christians if the Muslim Brotherhood emerges victorious in the presidential elections,” Aid to the Church in Need reports.
By John Newton
5/29/2012 Egypt (Aid to the Church in Need) – A senior church leader in Egypt has expressed grave doubts about the prospects for Christians if the Muslim Brotherhood emerges victorious in the presidential elections.
Speaking to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Coptic Catholic Bishop Antonios Aziz Mina of Guizeh (Giza) said that while it was difficult to say which candidate would best guarantee liberty for the country’s Christians he had fears about the Muslim Brotherhood taking power.
Bishop Aziz said: “The Muslim Brothers say one thing then tomorrow they do another thing. They don’t maintain their promises – that’s the problem.”
He added that it would be difficult to vote for the Muslim Brotherhood without guarantees from them.
No one was the outright victor of Egypt’s first round of presidential elections so there will be a run-off between Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, and Ahmed Shafik, formerly prime minister under President Hosni Mubarak, next month.
Mr Morsi received 5.7 million votes and Mr Shafik 5.5 million, according to Egypt’s electoral commission.
The Bishop of Guizeh emphasised the importance of a presidential candidate who would secure freedom for those of all beliefs.
He said: “Whoever will guarantee liberty and democracy and a good constitution for Egypt will have our vote.”