Dr. ‘Isām Dirbālah, the chairman of the al-Jamā’ah al-Islāmīyah’s shūrá council, has set six key principles he said would be governing the new constitution, including the rights of non-Muslims to have recourse to their own religious laws. [Author Not Mentioned, al-Misrī al-Yawm, March 13, p. 3] Read original text in Arabic
“Among those principles are identity as provided in Article II of the Constitution about the Islamic sharī’ah as a source of legislation, a presidential system of state while the People’s Assembly retains the right to form a government and elimination of dictatorship by avoiding to place all authorities in one hand like the case during the regime of former President Husnī Mubārak,” said Dirbālah during a rally held by the Jamā’ah in association with its political arm the Building & Development Party in al-Minya governorate on Monday (March 12).
He added that a fourth principle would be the people’s choice of their leaders in all institutions while the fifth is the independence of judiciary as stipulated in the constitution and the sixth is the predicament pertaining to the armed forces’ budget that has to be announced and under the parliament’s monitoring.
“The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) is unable to draft a new constitution as long as there is a 100-member constituent assembly for this purpose,” he added, noting the panel will finalize a constitution before the deadline expires. [Author Not Mentioned, al-Misrī al-Yawm, March 13, p. 3] Read original text in Arabic
Meanwhile, Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III Tuesday received a phone call from Grand Shaykh of the Azhar Dr. Ahmad al-Tayyīb who was enquiring after the health of the pope.
Pope Shenouda’s health condition improved after ailment that a few days ago due to spinal chord pains and a microinjection into it.
A source in the papal office told the Middle East News Agency (MENA) that the pope also received phone calls from Minister of Finance Mumtāz al-Sa’īd and Bishop Yuhannā of the Coptic Church in the United States. [Author Not Mentioned, al-Ahrām, March 13, p. 3] Read original text in Arabic
[Reviewer’s Note: A report of the same content was also mentioned in al-Akhbār, p. 3, March 13]
Celebrations marked the ill-fated village of Sharbāt in al-Nahdah neighborhood, the western Alexandria district of al-‘Āmrīyah, as five Coptic families victims of deplorable displacement returned to their homes following a reportedly illegitimate affair between a Coptic young man and a married Muslim woman.
Works to repair of losses and fires that resulted from the clashes, nearly amounting to LE2 million (roughly $300,500), were underway as refreshments were shared by Muslim and Christian local residents in jubilation over the return. [Rajab Ramadān, al-Misrī al-Yawm, March 13, p. 6] Read original text in Arabic
The revolution of Egypt’s youths, who gave their lives to bring an end to a long past during which the citizens have been mistreated and downtrodden, will hopefully bring Egypt the freedom and dignity it has lost. [Safwat al-Bayyādī, al-Ahrām, March 13, p. 12] Read original text in Arabic
The al-Minya Criminal Court sentenced to death policeman ‘Āmir ‘Āshūr after he was found guilty of opening random fire inside the Upper Egypt-bound train, leaving a person killed and five others wounded. [Sāmī Kāmil, al-Akhbār, March 13, p. 3] Read text in Arabic