|ARAB WEST REPORT|
In a telephone interview conducted by the media presenter Sayed `Ali of the TV Channel 'The Capital' with Dr. Sa`d Al-Dīn Ibrahīm, the president of Ibn Khaldūn Center For Developmental Studies suggested to Egypt's President Al-Sisi to conduct a referendum on reconciliation with the Muslim Brotherhood. According to Ibrahīm, the referendum will reflect the wish of the people on this issue.
In an unprecedented phenomenon, especially for a tribal province like Minya, 10 Coptic candidates are partaking in the run-offs for individual seats in Egypt's upcoming parliament.
The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) reported that on the first parliamentary election day, Nasr Amīn, one of its accredited observers, was denied access to the polling station at Al-Ayāt in Giza, despite having a permit issued by the Supreme Electoral Committee to inspect the parliamentary electoral procedure there.
The first day of parliamentary electoral polls have witnessed the comeback of “fatwas war” between Egypt's President `Abd al-Fattāh al-Sisi's supporters, who see the casting of ballots 'a legitimate duty', while his opponents consider it 'a sin'.
Starting from October 29, the British Museum new exhibit 'Egypt: Faith After the Pharaohs' will display artifacts and relics collected over a twelve-century period that captures the influences of these various religions on Egypt, and how it shaped the religious history through the years. According to the organizers, the exhibit of more than 200 artifacts predominantly reflects on the dual symbolism of religions back in the day, and how they were interconnected despite having different roots.