CAIRO: Egypt’s churches will not spread any “directions” among Christians to vote for specific factions during the parliamentary elections expected in November\December, according to a Sunday statement by the Council of Egyptian Churches (CEC.)
In a meeting of the General Secretariat of CEC at the Anglican Church in Heliopolis, CEC emphasized that the churches’ “utmost aim” is the convergence of all churches in Egypt.
During Egypt’s last two presidential elections, Coptic activists circulated online scans of leaflets allegedly distributed at churches and reported that priests called on the Christian community to vote for former presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq and now-President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in 2012 and 2014, respectively.
Egyptian churches have long been accused of controlling the Christian community and “interfering in politics.”
At the Christmas Mass of 2012, however, Coptic activists in Abbasiya unprecedentedly chanted “down with military rule,” as members of the then-ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) were present. The incident occurred before long-time, influential Pope Shenouda, who died in March 2012.