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Despite the Syndicate of Journalists Council decision to quit the constituent assembly, later confirmed by the Syndicate’s general assembly meeting, Chairman Mamdūḥ al-Wālī disregarded the decision and attended the final session to vote over the draft constitution.
The constituent assembly approved an article giving citizens the right to form non-governmental associations and political parties by only notification. 
Political parties and movements objected the announcement to vote over the draft constitution as Dr. Ayman Abū al-ʿIlā, a member of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party (ESDP) politburo, said the constituent assembly, which pays no attention to the people’s demands, will not finalize a consensus...
Dr. Ṣafwat al-Bayādī, the head of the Coptic Evangelical Church, said Sāwī’s statements that he voted on behalf of the church inside the constituent assembly were a “joke in a time when Egypt lost its sense of humor”.
Bishop Būla was commenting on statements by Muḥammad al-Sāwī, a member of the assembly, that he was representing the church on the panel. “I am afraid these statements were attributed to him (Sāwī) by mistake.”
Bishop Būla, the representative of the church who quit the constituent assembly drafting a new constitution for Egypt, said the church has not authorized anyone to vote on its behalf over the draft.
Objections to the president’s decrees caused tension and clashes with members of the Muslim Brotherhood group in a number of governorates, topped by a most heated Alexandria.
The Coptic Orthodox Church is maintaining its position regarding Mursī’s decrees today (November 24) as Bishop Pachomius and Pope Tawadros II are meeting to discuss the constitutional declaration while Coptic activists termed the decrees as a “setback that marks the beginning of the division of...
Coptic movements and groups expressed rejection against the constitutional declaration as a large number of them participated in the demonstrations while Christian intellectuals flatly refused the declaration which they termed as “division of the nation”.
Members of the judiciary in Alexandria started a sit-in on Friday (November 23) prior to their participation in extraordinary meetings of the Judges Clubs’ general assemblies scheduled to be held today (November 24) in protest over the recent decrees by President Mursī.


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