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Throughout the presentation of Johan Snel on July 6th, 2018, three themes were discussed: modern democracies, the dark side of democracies, and the lessons we can draw from this.
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...
Amid dense security measures of police and armed forces, al-Gharbia Governorate witnessed a large turnout in several of it cities, whereas the number of voters in the village was not as large. It was reported that judges who were due to supervise the voting arrived late. Noteworthy is the large...
Dr. Rev. Safwat al-Bayyādī, head of the Evangelical Church in Egypt, expressed his happiness over the high turnout to cast the ballots. 
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 MubārakEducationalCity, which belongs to the ministry of education, has been turned into a ceremonial hall for the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom & Justice Party (FJP), as the minister’s advisor, a Brotherhood member, has coordinated with the minister to have the facility as a headquarters...
The Egyptian Orthodox Church refused mediation by the Azhar to return to the constituent assembly drafting a new constitution for Egypt, which it quit on Saturday (November 17) in protest against the panel’s “deviation from national accordance”. 
An opinion poll by the Ibn Khaldūn Center for Research & Studies revealed that 67.9% are not pleased with the leadership of President Muḥammad Mursī and the government of Hishām Qandīl, appealing to the president to deliver on his pledges to step down if Egyptians’ blood was shed in protests.
The draft constitution has to respect and protect Egypt’s political, cultural and religious pluralism and should not under any circumstances call for protecting only one culture or one faith.
The Azhar appealed to the people of Egypt to show keenness on their unity in these “critical circumstances the homeland is going through,” urging them to continue their dialogue over points of differences as a way to overcome the current problems.
Grand Shaykh of the Azhar Dr. Ahmad al-Tayīb held a meeting on Tuesday (November 27) with representatives of political and Coptic powers that quit the constituent assembly drafting a new constitution for Egypt in an attempt to reverse their withdrawal decision.
The European Parliament said it is appalled by developments in Egypt over a constitutional declaration announced by President Muḥammad Mursī and inside the constituent assembly, adding the so-called declaration puts Mursī above the law. 
Dr. Ahmad Karīmah, professor of sharī’ah at the Azhar stated in response to al- Qaradawi’s fatwa, calling the participation in the presidential elections harām, that religion has nothing to do with elections and that no person or institution can claim that such a vote or referendum is halāl (...
Counselor Ahmad Mikkī, the minister of justice, said President Muhammad Mursī’s decision to abolish the complementary constitutional declaration was based on the popular legitimacy he acquired through his election as president of the republic.
Hours before Egyptians abroad began to cast their vote for the presidential elections, churches and Christian denominations called upon their citizens abroad to participate in the elections.
Dr. Rev. Munīr Ḥanna, Bishop of the Episcopal Church of Egypt, North Africa and the Horn of Africa, said that the Egyptian people chose democracy as their path when they voted for the constitution of 2014.
Ansār Bayt al- Maqdis (terrorist group operating in Sinai) have stated that democracy is a form of infidelity that should be avoided as it destroys Islam. 
Presidential candidate Sabāhi stated that there is no possibility for reconciliation with those who call for violence and terrorism.
Presidential candidate Al- Sīsī stated that Egyptians are walking the path of democracy, however comparing Egypt to Western democracies is a difficult issue. 
  On Monday November 10, the deadline for NGOs to register under the Ministry of Social Solidarity ends. This amendment to the law of 2002 which dates back to Mubarak-era places NGOs under the supervision of the Ministry of Social Solidarity. This affects more than 47,000 employees should the...

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