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Egyptian protests against appointment of Christian governor

Catholic World News - April 21, 2011

Mass protests have prevented a Christian from taking power as governor in a southern Egyptian city.

Emad Mikhail, a Coptic Christian, was appointed the governor of Qena province by the country’s new military government. But Islamic protesters have blocked roads into Qena, paralyzing the city and blocking Mikhail from assuming office.

The Qena province has a large Coptic population, and the previous governor was also a Christian. Opposition to Mikhail’s appointment is reflects not only his religion, but also the fact that he was a member of the police force that clashed with demonstrators seeking the end of the Mubarak regime.

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