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Archpriest Angelus Isḥāq, Secretary of Pope Tawadros II, said the church’s position regarding the constituent assembly has not changed, adding the decision to quit the panel was in agreement with other Christian denominations.
Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II received Ambassador Muhammad Rifā’ah al-Tahtāwī, the Chief of the Presidential Cabinet on Thursday (November 29) at the Saint Mark Cathedral in the Cairo district of al-ʿAbbāssīyah as a church source said the meeting falls within the framework of efforts by the...
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. 
Dr. Ḥasan al-Shāfʿī, a senior advisor to Grand Shaykh of the Azhar Dr. Ahmad al-Tayīb and a senior Azhar scholar, said the top Sunni Muslim establishment, is not making itself a party to any political disputes, whether with the Muslim Brotherhood or Salafīs, adding the Brotherhood and Salafīs...
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.
Political and social theorist Sir Isaiah Berlin famously compared nationalism to a ‘bent twig’, ‘forced down so severely that when released, it lashed back wit


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