An Interior Ministry source on March 30 quashed reports that officers of the now-defunct State Security Department were involved in raiding the house of the Muslim Brotherhood leader Muhammad Badī' earlier this week.
“Such behavior glaringly runs against the strategy of the incumbent Interior Ministry amid the sweeping changes in the wake of the January 25 revolution,” added the source, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Recently-appointed Interior Minister Mansūr el-'Isawī has issued directives to speed up investigations into the suspected raiders, said the source.
'Abd al-Mun'im Abū al-Futūh, a leading Islamist, on March 29, 2011, quit the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's most well-organized opposition group a few days after he insinuated at a possible bid to run for presidency.
Clerics and employees of State-Islamic religious institutions are demanding an end to what they say is rampant corruption by senior officials who manage religious endowments.
Islamic scholars and employees of the Ministry of Awqaf [Endowments], who have protested every day in Cairo, demand an end to the huge administrative and financial corruption practiced by officials in the Endowment Ministry for many years.
In addition they want Azhar's Grand Shaykh to be elected. Some even say, all religious bodies should be made independent from the State and call for a council to supervise all religious bodies and monitor their internal affairs.
One of late President Anwar al-Sadāt's assassins, 'Abūd al-Zumur, has just been released after serving thirty years in jail, and he has given several interviews.
Al-Zumur does not deny that any Muslim will meet a tragic end like Sadāt's if he/she digresses from the 'right path of Islam'.
Furthermore, al-Zumur said Copts should pay Jazyah to the Muslims, who are defending them and the motherland. He also claimed that Egypt's Copts will not go to battle if Muslim-dominated Egypt is fighting a Christian enemy. What al-Zumur said is totally wrong and seriously hurts Copts, who have a strong sense of belonging to Egypt.
A proposed national dialogue in Egypt, due to commence very soon, has rekindled post-revolution hopes that sectarianism, a legacy of the divide-and-rule policy of Mubārak's regime, will no longer exist in Egypt.
The proposed dialogue has been announced by Deputy Prime Minister Yahiá al-Jamal, who will steer its discussions and debates. The table will include clerics, politicians, public figures, young people and representatives of trade unions.
The purpose of the talks is to lay strong foundations for the new Egypt. Al-Jamal confirmed that the stress would be placed on the principle of tolerance, whether Muslims or Copts.
Police in the Upper Egyptian Governorate of Qena have launched a large scale manhunt for eight Muslim extremists, who are allegedly accused of cutting the ear of a Copt and burning his house to the ground, security sources said on 25 March 2011.
The victim, whose name was not revealed for legal reasons, told prosecutors that eight bearded men had stopped him at knife point on Sunday and cut off his left ear after rumors spread that he was having an affair with a Muslim woman living in his house, the sources said. They set his house on fire and then fled.
A group of Cairo based lawyers accused Deputy Prime Minister Yahyá al-Jamal of having insulted Islam in a TV talk show on March 14. They charge al-Jamal with committing a civil crime and aim to evoke the blasphemy law against him, which allows for a maximum penalty of three years imprisonment.
The majority of Egyptian voters said yes to the constitution amendments put forth in a landmark referendum earlier this week. The following mission of choosing a parliament, which is expected to play a genuine role in steering the country, will be very difficult.
It needs thoroughness on the part of both voters and candidates because the former would be responsible for their choices and the latter are to be held accountable for their performance.
Furthermore, there has to be adequate media representation of party programs, and candidates in each constituency have to seek out and introduce themselves to potential voters.
Muhammad al-Biltājī, a Muslim Brotherhood leader, made clear that he wants secular parties to get organized in order to establish a balanced and truly competitive environment in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Pointing to the war which erupted in Algeria in 1991, when elections that seemed likely to produce an Islamist victory were cancelled, he emphasized the danger of too powerful Islamic parties. Latter might be perceived as a threat by other political forces and be consequently blocked or censored. [Read original text]
The same information was found in the Egyptian Gazette’s article “Islamists won’t cap ambitions forever," which reports that the Brotherhood is anxious to reassure Egyptians, promising to refrain from seeking presidency or a parliamentary majority in this year’s elections. It is specified, however, that this “is a temporary position, until the time there are forces that can compete.” [Egyptian Gazette, page 2, March 24, 2011]