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Call for better protection for Christians as Egyptian president re-elected

It's reported Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has won 92 percent of the vote in preliminary results.

But his only opponent Mousa Mostafa Mousa won't be too unhappy - having publicly backed Sisi to win a second term.

Just 23 million of the 60 million eligible voters turned out.

Release International, which campaigns on behalf of persecuted Christians around the world, says that while life is somewhat easier for Christians in the capital Cairo - believers in other parts of the country are under increased pressure from extremists,

Calling for action, Release chief executive Paul Robinson said: "While thousands of Christians have been driven out of countries such as Iraq and Syria, Egypt remains a bastion of the Christian faith in the Middle East, but that enclave is under pressure.

"Release International is urging President al-Sisi to protect Egypt's Christians, treat them as equal citizens and grant them full religious freedom.
"Mr President, Christians should no longer be driven from their homes, their churches must no longer be targeted for shootings, bombings and arson, and their families must be afforded the protection of the state. Please intervene to prevent this epidemic of kidnapping."

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