#ShortNews: Largely Catholic Asian nation elects Muslim prime minister

Although it is going through a turbulent political phase and its newborn government is in difficulty, Mari Bin Amudi Alkatiri is a Muslim Prime Minister who leads a country with a large Catholic majority.

“Despite having a religious faith different from that of the majority of the population, in a pluralist society like that of East Timor, Alkatiri has not encountered prejudices on behalf of the main political parties or leaders. His management skills, as well as his reputation for being attentive to fiscal policies, have attracted many citizens, including leaders of the Catholic Church. Bishop Basilio do Nascimento, at the head of the diocese of Baucau, for example, commented favorably on the fact that Alkatiri is the Prime Minister of the country”.

Read More : http://www.fides.org/en/news/63389-ASIA_EAST_TIMOR_A_Muslim_Prime_Minister_in_a_nation_with_a_Catholic_majority

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