The Christian Post (Link) - Katherine Weber (November 30, 2011)
Although Egypt’s parliamentary elections were expected to be Muslim-dominated, Christians turned out in large numbers Monday and Tuesday to balance the vote in their favor. Although the results of the post-revolution elections will not be known for weeks, many are concerned the Muslim Brotherhood could end up dominating the government.
According to The Associated Press, many Christians voted for the Egyptian Bloc, represented on the voting ballot by the image of an eye.
The Egyptian Bloc was “discreetly” promoted by Egypt’s Coptic Church among followers, encouraging them to vote for this “alliance of leftist and liberal parties sponsored by a Christian tycoon,” according to AP.
As of Wednesday morning, the Muslim Brotherhood party claimed its lead in the elections. Others, including the smaller Justice Party, disputed these claims. The true results will only be final after the six-week voting process is complete.
The Associated Press contends that the Coptic Church quietly supports the liberal Egyptian Bloc, but Coptic Christian Bishop Moussa issued a statement Tuesday saying that the church is uninvolved with the country’s politics.