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Concerns for Tunisian Christians as Islamists Win Elections

  • Religion Today
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2011 Oct 28
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There are concerns that the freedom of Christians will be compromised in the new Tunisia after the runaway success of Islamists in the country's first free elections this week, reports Christian Today. Preliminary results show that the Ennahda (Renaissance) Party won up to 40 percent of the votes, making it the largest party in the new 217-seat Constituent Assembly. Though Ennahda is regarded as moderate, its "well-attached" links to the extremist Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt are a cause for concern for Christians, said Dr. Raouf Ghattas of the International Mission Board. "Our hearts are burdened for the believers there as the Islamists are making great gains," he said. "There could be difficult days ahead."