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The U.S. Pew Research Center said that the actual population of Copts in Egypt is 4.3 million, including 140,000 Catholics and 250,000 Protestants. [Mustafá Rahūmah and Māhir Hindāwī, al-Watan, May 28, p. 1] Read original text in Arabic
During the past few days some groundless rumors held that General Ahmad Shafīq made it to the runoff round against the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate Muhammad Mursī thanks to Copts’ votes.
In an announcement, the Grand Shaykh of the Azhar Dr. Ahmad al-Tayyīb and a number of Muslim scholars of the Islamic Research Academy as well as Jamā´at Ansār al-Sunnah al-Muhammadiyyah, al-Jama´iyyah al-Shari´iyyah, members of different Islamic streams and al-Da´wah al-Salafiyyah spoke out...
Presidential hopeful Hamadīn Sabbāhī hasd stated that he will not accept the position of Vice President or any position other than that of president. He added that his chance of winning the election are 51 percent and that the runoff would be between him and one of the Islamic candidates. Read...
Cornelis Hulsman addresses Egyptian Christians' fear of the strong shift towards Islamism in Egypt and the repercussions it may have for the Christian community. He discusses this fear in the context of current situation in Egypt with regard to the further decline of the economy, the power...
The Supreme Presidential Elections Commission (SPEC) has completed the allocation of 14,000 judges in preparation for the presidential elections scheduled for the 23th and 24th of May. The commission's head Fārūq Sultān stated that the military and police forces will secure polling stations. He...
The Higher Presidential Elections Commission (HPEC) has ceased its activities because of the 'disrespectful manner' of some members of parliament towards the Committee. For its part, the People's Assembly has referred the amendments to the presidential elections law to the Supreme Constitutional...
The Muslim Brotherhood set Egyptian politics ablaze with their decision to nominate their chief financier, Khairat al-Shātir, for the presidency. All political groups recognize the right of the group to do so but many have criticized them harshly, recalling their promise from early in the...
  Bishop Marqus of Shubrā al-Khaymah, responsible for the media committee in the Orthodox Church, said to al-Shurūq al-Jadīd  that he was chosen in the delegation traveling to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). "This visit is first of its kind for a Christian cleric, " said Bishop Marqus. Also...
Bishop Marqus of Shubrā al-Khaymah and Dr. Safwat al-Bayādī, head of the Coptic Evangelical Church in Egypt are visiting Saudi Arabia with the official delegation to improve bilateral relations between the two countries after the recent crisis. This is considered a first of its kind visit for the...
Son: Makram Iskandar Nicola (currently Bishop Bīshūy, Metropolitan of Damietta and Kafr al-Shaykh of the Coptic Orthodox Church) Birthdate: July 19, 1942 National ID number: 24207191200114 Bishop Bīshūy's sister: Carmin Iskandar Nicola Birthdate: May 4, 1936 National ID number: 23605040100403 Her...
  The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has approved a draft law to bar ex-regime figures from politics for 10 years. This includes everybody who served as vice-president or prime minister under the former regime or had a leading position in the dissolved National Democratic Party (NDP)...
The Higher Elections Commission (HEC) will announce tomorrow (April 25, 2012) the regulations for the civil society organizations authorized to monitor the electoral process including voting and vote-counting in the presidential elections. Signs of confrontation between the HEC and the Muslim...
Ahram Online, Monday 23 Apr 2012 Coptic 38 – a group founded to demand liberalisation of divorce laws by Coptic Christian Church – calls for reimplementation of 1938 bylaws that permit divorce under 9 conditions.
Jos van Noord, senior journalist with De Telegraaf, the populist Dutch daily newspaper, published in its influential travel pages an article calling for a boycott of tourism to Egypt and other Arab countries. The article is intended to put pressure on governments to protect Christians—at least...
  The Higher Commission for Elections today (April 17) decides the fate of the disqualified candidates for the presidency. On the 26th of April, the official list of candidates will be presented and on the same day the official begining of the election campaigns will be announced, being antedated...
Dr. Wahīd 'Abd al-Majīd, member of the People's Assembly and the constituent assembly, said that all mediation efforts to solve the problem of the constitution panel failed.
Ph.D. candidate, Emma Hayward wrote an interesting analysis for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy on the current status of Coptic Christians in relation to the Egyptian state and concludes that their position is weakening. While it is true that Coptic Christians are now without an...
The executive committee of the Evangelical general assembly expressed its concerns about the constituent assembly lineup drafting the Egyptian constitution and describe it as "disappointing". For his part, Rev. Dr. Andrea Zakī, vice-president of the Coptic Evangelical Church, and General Director...
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