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In a maiden speech after he was officially announced president, Mursī called on Egyptians to stand together hand in hand for a comprehensive Egyptian renaissance, adding Egyptians will together confront conspiracies targeting the nation’s national unity and social coherence. “I am bent with you by...
General Shafīq, who lost the presidential race to Mursī, sent a congratulatory cable addressing Mursī as Mr. President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, wishing him success in the “tough mission given to you by the great people of Egypt”. [Ahmad ‘Adlī, al-Shurūq al-Jadīd, June 25, p. 3] Read original...
Coptic business magnate Najīb Sawirus congratulated elected president Mursī over his win in a free election but criticized his campaign for announcing his victory in advance ahead of the official announcement by the High Presidential Election Commission (HPEC). “Dr. Mursī is now facing two tough...
Dr. Ahmad ‘Abd al-‘Ātī, the coordinator of Mursī’s election campaign, said the new president has resigned from the Muslim Brotherhood group and its political wing the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) to become president of all Egyptians. [Author Not Mentioned, al-Ahrām, June 25, p. 3] Read original...
Dr. Safwat al-Bayādī, the head of the Coptic Evangelical Church, said he wishes success for Dr. Mursī and pins high hopes on him to achieve Egyptians’ ambitions for equality, freedom and social justice. Bayādī called on all churches in Egypt to pray for the new president after he won the first free...
Acting patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church Bishop Pachomius said in a cable to Mursī that the results of the presidential election were expressive of the Egyptian people’s will about consolidating an aspired democracy. He said that he expects Mursī to maintain the civil nature of an Egyptian...
Father Rafīq Greish, the media spokesman for the Coptic Catholic Church, called on Mursī to pass the unified law on construction of houses of worship and the law on personal status affairs for non-Muslims and eliminate discrimination on the basis of sex or religion. Lawyer Najīb Jabrā’īl, Chairman...
“We kept quiet, so he barged in with his donkey” is a popular idiom that exemplifies the state of religious parties, which started appearing directly after the 25th of January Revolution. 
Grand Shaykh of the Azhar, Dr. Ahmad al-Tayyīb, said there should be no concerns over the emergence of the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafīs in power, adding the Egyptian people from now on would be watching everyone in public office and all political parties in all their different orientations.  ...
Many people have bet on this question recently on whether Egypt’s former president Muḥammad Mursī would be spared from the death sentence verdict issued by the Egyptian Judiciary.
Interviewers: Quinta Smit and Eline Kasanwidjojo Language of interview: English (original interview), English (presented transcript) Transcript: Eline Kasanwidjojo Approved: Requested and no objection received   The interview with Walīd al-Ḥadād is about the stance of the Freedom and Justice Party...
The number of victims of the current violence in Egypt is increasing. Most deaths fell during the efforts to end the demonstrations. According to the Ministry of Health there are 638 deaths, among them at least 43 from the police forces. The Muslim Brotherhood claims much larger numbers of...
The three Egyptian churches congratulated Muhammad Mursī over his victory in the runoff round against former regime general Ahmad Shafīq. [‘Imād Khalīl, al-Misrī al-Yawm, June 25, p. 6] Read original text in Arabic
Dr. Muhammad ‘Imād al-Dīn, member of the parliament for the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), said that since the FJP have the largest percentage of seats in the People’s Assembly and the Shurá Council are of the FJP, 50 percent. Consequently, they would settle in its favor the argument over the...
Dr. Muhammad al-Biltājī, Secretary-General of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, attacked the practices of business tycoon Najīb Sawirus in establishing parties, channels and newspapers to divide the nation. In his rally in Shibīn al-Qanātir area, Biltājī said that Sawirus seeks to...
I took a stroll through our neighborhood this morning to see the early activity surrounding our four public schools hosting parliamentary elections. Polls opened at 8am, and I crossed the street, walked a block, and began to observe. A few things stuck me immediately. First, a long line. Over 100...
The Freedom and Justice Party's (FJP) vice president 'Isām al-'Iryān held a meeting with Egyptian investors in order to identify their political and economic trends, and called on them to support the tourism sector in order to encourage growth in the Egyptian economy. This statement was made...
The Muslim Brotherhood's (MB) overwhelming success in the Teachers Syndicate election was a blow to remnants of the dissolved National Democratic Party (NDP), claimed 'Isām al-'Iryān, the vice president of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, at a popular rally in Beni Suef on Friday (...

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