Don’t Think Muslim States Elect Christian Politicians? Read This

A Facebook user compiles a list for those skeptics who believe Muslim countries will not be as open-minded of a Christian leader, as London has been of Sadiq Khan.

Now that Sadiq Khan has been elected as mayor of London, critics are suggesting that Khan will take the path of radicalism and that no Muslim city would ever be tolerant enough to welcome a Christian as a leader.




However, they are in for a reality check.

Facebook user Emlyn Pearce set the record straight in a Facebook post in the “interest of accuracy” to debunk this Islamophobic rhetoric.  

Janet Mikhail: Also known as Janet Michael, she is the former mayor of Ramallah in the West Bank of Palestine, which has a Muslim population of 85 percent, and the first woman to hold this position.

Alees Thomas Samaan: Sometimes spelled as Alice, Samaan was the first woman to chair the Consultative Council of Bahrain in April 2005. Over 70 percent people in Bahrain are Muslims.

Kamran Michael: Michael is the current minister of ports and shipping, serving since June 7, 2013 in Pakistan, a country with a 96 percent Muslim population.

Februniye Akyol: The 27-year-old is the Turkish city of Mardin’s first female Christian mayor since 2014. Turkey is 96.5 percent Muslim.

Boutros Boutros Ghali: The former vice foreign minister of Egypt who served for 14 years also has the distinction of being the 6th secretary general of the United Nations.

Léopold Sédar Senghor: The Roman Catholic politician served as president in the African nation of Senegal — which has a 92 percent Muslim majority — for 20 years.

Michael Suleiman, third from the left

Michael Suleiman: A follower of the Maronite Church, Suleiman served as the president of Lebanon from 2008 to 2014. Before assuming the position, he served as commander in chief to the Lebanese Armed Forces.

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama: The Protestant has served as the 17th governor of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, the largest Muslim-majority country in the world, since Nov. 14, 2014.

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