Copts generally tend to favour Moussa and Abul-Fotouh as good examples of “moderate Muslims.”
“I wouldn’t even mind someone like [former Muslim Brotherhood member Abdel-Moneim] Abul-Fotouh for president, although I prefer [former Arab League chief] Amr Moussa,” said Abdel-Messih. “But I can’t countenance the idea of the presidency going to the Muslim Brotherhood or [Salafist candidate] Hazem Abu-Ismail.”
Such sentiments are common among many Copts, whether from Heliopolis – a middle-class haven in East Cairo – or the capital’s lower-income districts.
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