Egypt's Former Military Chief Visits Coptic Pope Ahead of Easter

On April 19th, Egypt's retired Field Marshall "and presumed presidential front-runner," Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, visited the Coptic pope.

This is el-Sissi's "first public appearance since he formally made his bid for the presidency."

According to The Washington Post, Pope Tawadros II "is a strong backer" of el-Sissi, having supported his removal of Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

El-Sissi's "visit to the Pope's seat of power at Saint Mark's Cathedral" is viewed as "a tribute" to Egypt's Christians. Morsi sent "a representative" instead of visiting the Cathedral himself.

A statement indicates e-Sissi told the Pope that Christians and Muslims will stand together going forward. 

El-Sissi is extremely popular and is "expected to win the coming May 26-27 presidential election."

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