Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi Wins Egypt Elections; Christians Concerned

ICC Note:

“Egypt’s election commission said Sunday, June 24, that Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood movement has won Egypt’s first free elections since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, adding to international concerns over the future of minority Christians,” BosNewsLife reports.

6/24/2012 Egypt (BosNewsLife) – Egypt’s election commission said Sunday, June 24, that Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood movement has won Egypt’s first free elections since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, adding to international concerns over the future of minority Christians.

Judge Farouk Sultan, chairman of Egypt’s election committee, said Morsi won with 51.7% of the vote versus 48.3% for Ahmed Shafiq, a former prime minister who was viewed as the favorite among ‘Copts’, as Christians are known here, despite his ties to the previous regime.

Soon after the live televised announcement, crowds were seen celebrating Morsi’s victoty in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

Church leaders have expressed concern that growing Islamic influence could further limit religious freedom and lead to more violence against Coptic Christians, who comprise some 10 percent of Egypt’s population, one of the largest religious minorities in the Middle East.

Christians have already complained about attacks against churches and other clashes in which dozens have died and hundreds were injured since last year.

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