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32. AWR Daily Overview, May 24, 2012: Leaders of three Egyptian churches cast their votes

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32. AWR Daily Overview, May 24, 2012: Leaders of three Egyptian churches cast their votes
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2012
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May 24, 2012
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'Amr al-Misrī
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Leaders of the three Egyptian Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical churches cast their vote in Egypt’s first post-revolution presidential elections and urged all Christians to vote. [‘Imād Khalīl, Hamdī Qāsim and Yāsir Shimays, al-Misrī al-Yawm, May 24, p. 7] read original text in Arabic

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Bishop Pachomius, the acting patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, said after he cast his vote in a polling station in Damanhūr, al-Beheira, that the church stands at the same distance toward all presidential candidates, adding that the church believes in democracy and guarantees freedom for all its congregation to choose whoever they want.

He said that the Egyptian church appeals to all Egyptians – Christians and Muslims – to participate in the balloting as it is a national duty. [Ashraf Sādiq and Tāmir ‘Abd al-Ra’ūf, al-Ahrām, May 24, p. 15] Read original text in Arabic

Grand Shaykh of the Azhar Dr. Ahmad al-Tayīb said the people are choosing their president with their own free will for the first time through fair electoral process.

“This is a historic day for Egypt and its people,” said Tayīb after casting his vote in the district of Heliopolis, urging voters to choose their candidates without being succumbed to pressures or financial, moral or service bribes. [Khālid al-Mat’anī and Marwah al-Bashīr, al-Ahrām, May 24, p. 14] Read original text in Arabic

Muftī of the Republic Dr. ‘Alī Jum’ah appealed to Egyptians to avoid violence and conflicts while they are casting their votes in the presidential elections and not to pay attention to calls that spark divisions.

“The Egyptian people’s will and results of the elections must be respected and accepted in fair and free elections,” said Jum’ah after he voted on Wednesday (May 23), noting the nation’s next president is going to be the president of all Egyptians with all their different political, partisan, religious and ideological affiliations. [Khālid Mūsá, al-Shurūq al-Jadīd, May 24, p. 5] Read text in Arabic

Dr. Mahmūd ‘Azab, an advisor to Grand Shaykh Tayīb and a member of the National Council for Women (NCW), said that the Azhar will soon issue a paper on its vital and ambitious project to enhance the status of women inside their families and the society.

He noted that the top Sunnī establishment will never allow denying women their many rights guaranteed by the tolerant Islamic sharī’ah. [Amīrah Salāh Hilāl, al-Ahrām, May 24, p. 14] Read original text in Arabic

Father Rafīq Greish, the official spokesman for the Coptic Catholic Church, said the opinions by youths are totally different from their families’ thanks to the fact that candidates are varied.

Dr. Andrea Zakī, the deputy head of the Coptic Evangelical Church, said Egyptians’ participation in the elections is key juncture in the course of the Egyptian history. [‘Imād Khalīl, Hamdī Qāsim and Yāsir Shimays, al-Misrī al-Yawm, May 24, p. 7] read original text in Arabic

Grand Shaykh of the Azhar Dr. Ahmad al-Tayīb said the people are choosing their president with their own free will for the first time through fair electoral process.

“This is a historic day for Egypt and its people,” said Tayīb after casting his vote in the district of Heliopolis, urging voters to choose their candidates without being succumbed to pressures or financial, moral or service bribes. [Khālid al-Mat’anī and Marwah al-Bashīr, al-Ahrām, May 24, p. 14] Read original text in Arabic

Dr. Mahmūd ‘Azab, an advisor to Grand Shaykh Tayīb and a member of the National Council for Women (NCW), said that the Azhar will soon issue a paper on its vital and ambitious project to enhance the status of women inside their families and the society.

He noted that the top Sunnī establishment will never allow denying women their many rights guaranteed by the tolerant Islamic sharī’ah. [Amīrah Salāh Hilāl, al-Ahrām, May 24, p. 14] Read original text in Arabic

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