39. Expatriate Copts call for a state within the state through the Coptic Parliament

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The Head of the Middle East

Christian Association [MECA], Nādir Fawzī, called for forming a “Coptic Parliament” that will be

entrusted to manage the church’s affairs and be a link between the Coptic Orthodox Church and the government.

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Nādir Fawzī, head of Middle East Christian Association [MECA] called for forming a “Coptic Parliament”

that is expected to pass a new list of regulations to choose the pope on a democratic basis. He called for this

parliament to be convened in Pope Shenouda’s lifetime in order to avoid any possible

Kīwān believes that Fawzī’s suggestion is the result of his and the Coptic

expatriates’ skepticism concerning the news that is circulating about the pope’s potential

Fawzī explained his idea stating that every bishopric should elect five renowned people of

its members, known for their decency. All the people of the bishopric should participate in the elections under

the supervision of the bishops and priests. The elected people from all the bishoprics will form the core of the

“Coptic Parliament.” He added that bigger bishoprics like those of Cairo and Alexandria can have 25 members

instead of just five.
The expected “parliament members” in addition to the those of the Holy Synod will

represent all Copts inside Egypt and abroad, and will choose the patriarch from among six

Fawzī also stated that the members of the Coptic parliament are to be elected every four

years and the members do not have the right nominate themselves more than twice. He stated that the parliament

should replace the present Community Council and will be the political voice of Copts and the link between the

Coptic Orthodox Church and the government.

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