An Egyptian Coptic cleric gives the communion during a Friday Mass at the Virgin Mary church on May 16, 2014 in Cairo's Road al-Farag district. AFP PHOTO / VIRGINIE NGUYEN HOANG
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Hailed as a savior for overthrowing an Islamist president, former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi can count on the vote of Egypt's Coptic Christians who view him as a bulwark against fundamentalists.The Copts are the Middle East's largest religious minority, and have long suffered sectarian violence that culminated in attacks on churches by supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohammad Morsi last year. The Islamists have been crushed following Morsi's overthrow by the army in July. When Sisi announced in a televised address Morsi's overthrow on July 3, he was flanked by Tawadros II along with Muslim religious leaders and opposition figures.The pope's appearance fuelled Islamist allegations that the Copts played a central role in ending Morsi's elected government, although millions of mostly Muslim Egyptians had taken to the streets demanding his resignation.
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