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Professor Hoda Awad joined the group for a presentation about the Egyptian constitution. She started by discussing the basics of democracy and constitutions. She explained to us that democracies had six elements or conditions. Firstly, there is the presence of democratic institutions and...
“Get out and vote!” “Make your voice heard!”  “Vote ‘yes’ to the constitutional amendments!”  “Make your vote counts!” These slogans, placed alongside Egyptian flags, currently adorn the country’s streets and roundabouts and call for citizens to participate in the referendum on constitutional...
Coptic Catholic Churches are angry after the representatives of the churches have been informed that the term “civil governance” located in the Preamble of the Constitution has been amended to “civil government”. This was displayed in the dinner that was hosted by General Majd al-Dīn Barakāt, the...
According to the author, articles two and three of the new constitution have maintained national unity as Article II stated that Islam is the religion of the state and Article III gave rights to Copts and Jews to refer to their own codes in personal status and religious affairs. Dr. Abd al-Fattāh...
Counselor Muhammad ‘Abd al-Salām, the advisor of Al-Azhar Shaykh and the rapporteur of the Basic Principles subcommittee in the Constituent Assembly, stated that new constitution stresses that Al-Azhar is a reference to all matters pertaining to Islamic affairs. He assured that it is based on the...
Dr. Najīb Jubrā'īl, Head of the Egyptian Union for Human Rights Organization, said that the Muslim Brotherhood are trying to enforce the Church name in the current events even though the Church did not interfere in politics and did not incite Copts to do anything (referring to protests off the...
In Nasr City, Christian women were prevented from voting in one of the polling stations, also many voting cards were not stamped. 
Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the Holy See of St Mark the Apostle, cast his ballot in  al-Waylῑ polling station.
The civil state proponents achieved a remarkable victory inside the constituent assembly drafting a new constitution for Egypt, successfully obtaining the abolition of several articles that clash with the principles of citizenship and equality.
The ongoing conflict over the constitution is a clear indication of the state of political/religious division the Egyptian society is going through. [Nabīl ‘Abd al-Fattāh, al-Ahrām, Nov. 15, p. 10] Read original text in Arabic
Counselor Ahmad Qanāwī, member of Egyptian Judge Club, said that the Constitutional referendum will not take place on time because at least 18,000 judges are required to supervise the referendum.
Former member of parliament Jamāl Zahrān said in 2007 the People’s Assembly (parliament) took four months to amend Article 34 of the constitution amidst debates, dialogues and objections, criticizing a vote over a whole constitution in one or two days as “void and illegitimate”. 
The Washington Post said just hours after an Islamist-dominated assembly approved a new national constitution Friday morning, tens of thousands of protesters began pouring into Taḥrīr Square to say they objected to nearly everything about it.
 Amnesty International (AI) said that a draft constitution approved by Egypt’s Constituent Assembly falls well short of protecting human rights and, in particular, ignores the rights of women, restricts freedom of expression in the name of protecting religion, and allows for the military trial of...
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that the final draft of a constitution approved on November 29, 2012, by Egypt’s 100-member constituent assembly protects some rights but undermines others.  
Rajā’ī al-Mirghanī, a coordinator of the National Coalition for the Freedom of the Press and the Media, warned of loose drafting of an article on the establishment of a national press organization in the final draft constitution, adding the incumbent minister of information, Ṣalāh ʿAbd al-Maqṣūd,...
The churches, who had come together on rejecting the final draft constitution by a constituent assembly, said they would not seek any mobilizations of Copts to vote “No” or boycott a referendum over a draft constitution after their representatives quit the constitution-writing panel.
The Egyptian churches reiterated rejection of the draft constitution voted in the absence of representatives of civil parties and movements as well as the church, adding the churches’ position emanated from public will and coordination with all groups in the face of a hastily-written constitution.
The Egyptian churches reiterated rejection of the draft constitution voted in the absence of representatives of civil parties and movements as well as the church, adding the churches’ position emanated from public will and coordination with all groups in the face of a hastily-written constitution.
The Coptic Evangelical Church’s Synod appealed to President Muḥammad Mursī to freeze his constitutional declaration and call for a national dialogue that would bring together all segments of the society to reach accordance over critical issues. 

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