Sharīf Ramzī, the founder of the Copts without Restrictions movement, called on all citizens of Egypt to vote in the presidential elections and shoulder their share of responsibility in monitoring the voting process. [Shādyah Yūsūf, al-Ahrām, May 21, p. 6] Read original text in Arabic
“Each and every citizen has to take advantage of the means of monitoring available in order to achieve maximum integrity and transparency,” he said in statements. [Shādyah Yūsūf, al-Ahrām, May 21, p. 6] Read original text in Arabic
Meanwhile, Bishop Abrām of al-Fayyoum, a member of the papal elections committee, said the panel will announce the final list of candidates for the patriarch post by May 30, adding the committee will continue collecting papers of candidates until May 26. [‘Imād Khalīl, al-Misrī al-Yawm, May 21, p. 9] Read original text in Arabic
He said that the number of candidates for the patriarch position rose to 20, adding another candidate submitted his papers to the committee after Bishop Mūsá of Youth did.
Bishop Mūsá, meanwhile, said the rates of Copts’ migration are increasing by threefold annually due to fears by the minority to coexist with the majority.
He noted during a conference organized by the Arab team for Muslim-Christian dialogue in a Cairo hotel that there are four mechanisms for coexistence among Muslims and Copts, on top of them the spreading of the moderate Islam through the role played by the Azhar. [‘Abd al-Wahāb Sha’bān, al-Wafd, May 21, p. 3] Read text in Arabic
The committee registering voters for the papal elections said until Sunday (May 20), the number of candidates for the post reached 18 after Bishop Pachomius, the acting patriarch, and Bishop Mīnā of Old Cairo announced they will not run for the position. [Husnī Mīlād, al-Akhbār, May 21, p. 3] Read text in Arabic
Presidential candidate Muhammad Salīm al-‘Awā said the most dangerous thing about the voting process is the unprecedented polarization based on Islamic slogans because it depicts persons who do not belong to this camp as if they were opposing Islam.
“Another form of political deviation is the war of rumors, including the one that I am the candidate of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) or that I am a Shiite who will allow Iran to invade Egypt culturally,” said ‘Awā. [Husayn Dusūqī, al-Akhbār, May 21, p. 8] Read text in Arabic
In another development, the administrative judiciary court in the coastal governorate of al-Ismailia adjourned a lawsuit accusing foreigners of trespassing on about 20% of the archeological spots in South Sinai, in Saint Catherine area, and setting up buildings and brining foreign monks to reside there.
The court adjourned until the September 11 session the case filed by retired Major General Ahmad Rajā’ī against the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), the prime minister, the ministers of defense, tourism, environment, chairman of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), the head of the national security department, the governor of South Sinai and the Metropolitan of Saint Catherine Monastery. [Walā’ Wahīd, al-Wafd, May 21, p. 3] Read original text in Arabic