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Presidential hopeful El-Sisi visits Coptic Pope for Easter

Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi visits pope Tawadros II for the first time ahead of Easter Sunday

Ahram Online, Saturday 19 Apr 2014
El-Sisi with Pope Tawadros II
Presidential hopeful and former military chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (L) with Pope Tawadros II (R) of the Coptic orthodox church at Cairo's Abbasiya Cathedral, Saturday, 19 April 2014 (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Presidential hopeful and former military chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi visited Saturday Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo's Abbasiya Cathedral, a day before Easter Sunday.  

This is El-Sisi's first visit to Pope Tawadros II. The presidential runner is expected to garner many of the Coptic community's votes.

El-Sisi's popularity soared following the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi on 3 July 2013 following mass protests against his one year rule.

On 26 March, El-Sisi resigned from his post in the military and announced in a televised appearance that he would be running for the presidency after thousands took the streets 25 January 2014 urging him to do so.

On 27 January, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) released a statement saying it empowered the defence minister to run for president. SCAF said it considers El-Sisi's presidential bid "a mandate and an obligation."

So far, only Nasserist figure Hamdeen Sabahi has submitted the required presidential forms to run against El-Sisi. Sabahi and his campaign have frequently complained of state bias against their campaign.

Egypt's presidential elections are scheduled for 26-27 May.

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Karl
20-04-2014 05:16am
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Welcome to the new egypt under sisi
Iam posting from germany, and i guess this will be censored , but still i want to post my opinion... sisi seems to be a payed spy by israel and egypt wont do good under his role. just look at the egyptian pound , its nothing worth anymore!! even under morsi the economy was way better.
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Aladdin, Egypt
19-04-2014 05:39pm
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Common Faith
True Muslims understand and share with the exception of Roman concept fo Trinity stated in 350 A.D.
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Farhan
19-04-2014 03:04pm
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This fascist can visit Coptic pope and pope can announce for his support publically
But Muslim religious leaders in the mosques can not even give any political opinion, Why so much discrimination against Muslims, looks like this fascist is working for Israel.
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Tony
19-04-2014 06:43pm
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Sensationalism
Stop being so sensationalist. It's people like you that leads to such political oppression.
Allen
19-04-2014 05:34pm
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Could it be that....
Some religious leaders are scared by the Muslim brotherhood terrorists?? Or the General is giving his support to a religious organization that has been the victims of the brotherhoods terrorism
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