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32. Copts of the Community Council occupy circles of the Supreme Administrative Council

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32. Copts of the Community Council occupy circles of the Supreme Administrative Council
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2008
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49
Article number: 
32
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p. 7
Date of source: 
01-12-2008
Author: 
Mahmud al-Dab‘, ‘Antar ‘Abd al-Latif
Reviewer: 
Nuhayr ‘Ismat
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Sawt al-Ummah writes about how Christians in Egypt began occupying higher positions in the government.

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Shadows of the Community Council began appearing in the Council of State, especially after Nabīl Mīrham became president of the Council. Tens and hundreds of Copts who are undergoing disputes with Pope Shenouda and the Community Council through the Council of State were angered after Mīrham, who is a member of the Community Council, was appointed president. This is because it is clear that it is going to be difficult for Nabīl Mīrham to separate between his important role in the Community Council and supporting the church before its oppositions while participating in solving the disputes between the church and the opposition. The issue is not limited to this matter alone as there are other members of the Community Council who occupy positions in the Council of State.
It has recently become evident that there is some lagging in the cases issued against Pope Shenouda and the Community Council by Copts. By doing this, Mīrham shows that the Community Council has control over the Council of State. What is strange is that Nabīl Mīrham was among those who participated in amending the panel of laws that was issued in 1938to regulated the Personal Status issues in Egypt being a member of the Community Council. At the same time, a lawsuit was filed with the Council of State by Majdī William and five other people demanding to stop these amendments, saying that the Community Council does not have the right to ask for such amendments.
The second strange incident the aroused the wonder of many people was the decision taken by Councilor Ibrāhīm al-Saghīr concerning his resignation from the Council of State circle for unknown reasons related to the case issued by Pope Shenouda against Hālāh Sidqī’s ex-husband. The council decided for the welfare of Sidqī’s ex-husband giving him the right to remarry and asking the church to give him the permission for second marriage. This is not the only case where the council’s decision is not put into action. Tens of cases were delayed since Mīrhām became president of the Council of State and it is said that cases issued by Copts against the church, the pope or Bishop Bīshūy are being postponed through members of the Community Council who occupy positions in the Council of State.

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