With Sadiq Khan’s election as the mayor of London, a new debate has erupted with many believing that a Muslim-majority city would never elect a Christian leader.
One Facebook user, however, decided to set the record straight listing all the Muslim-majority countries that have Christian leaders on high-profile governing positions, including Pakistan.
Here are the 8 Muslim countries that elected Christian leaders well before London elected Sadiq khan:
1. Februniye Akyol, co-mayor of Turkish city of Mardin. Turkey is 99.8 per cent Muslim.
2. Basuki Tjahaya Purnama, governor of Indonesia’s capital city Jakarta. Indonesia is 87.2 per cent Muslim.
3. Alees Thomas Samaan, became the first Christian and first woman to chair Bahrain’s upper house of Parliament, the Shura Council in 2005. Bahrain is 70.3 per cent Muslim.
4. Kamran Michael, Pakistan’s minister of Ports and Shipping. Pakistan is 96.4 per cent Muslim.
5. Boutros Boutros Ghali was Egypt’s Foreign Minister for 14 years. Egypt is 90 per cent Muslim.
6. Janet Michael was the mayor of the Palestinian city of Ramallah.
7. Late Léopold Sédar Senghor was the president of Senegal for 20 years. Senegal is 95.4 per cent Muslim.
8. Michel Suleiman was the president of Lebanon. Lebanon is 54 per cent Muslim.
This article originally appeared on Independent