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In a significant development regarding the formation of the constituent assembly drafting a new constitution for Egypt, the Council of State’s Administrative Judiciary Court abolished the panel in its current formation after lawyers and constitutional law professors filed lawsuits objecting its...
 [AWR: this interview was recorded, transcribed and translated by Diana Maher Ghali]
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...
There are concerns about the approaches of drafting the new Egyptian Constitution which is currently dominating the political climate in Egypt. These concerns are associated with the criteria for the formation of the constituent assembly and its members. So far the final shape of the assembly is...
Church and Coptic figures lashed out at the Constitution panel and the percentage of Copts in it, considering the constituent assembly as “shameful” and stressing that they will not accept discrimination against Copts. [‘Imād Khalīl, al-Misrī al-Yawm, March 26, 2012, p. 4] Read original text in...
The U.S. State Department’s International Religious Freedoms report grilled the ruling authorities in Egypt, which, it said, caused religious freedom violations, adding Egypt, the heart of the Arab Spring, has seen hope turning into panic after human rights deteriorations under the Supreme Council...
I. Introduction In 2007, Rā’id al-Sharqāwī, a retired Egyptian coast guard intelligence officer, provided former intern Maria Rezzonico figures on the number of Copts in Egypt by governorate. These numbers were never published and so, in December of 2011, Ra’ed was interviewed once more to compile...
Egyptians across the country, both Muslim and Christian, are reacting with sadness to the death of Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Shenouda III, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 88 following a long battle with illness, according to state television and cathedral sources. - Ahmed al-Tayeb, the...
The Freedom and Justice Party and al-Nūr Party consider the constituent assembly and the manner in which it is appointed, an important step in the fulfillment of the revolution.
(Right) now all the political groups in Egypt conform to one main principle, which is to make sure that every part of society is represented in the constituent assembly that will draft the Egyptian constitution. There is no doubt that this principle is credible as long as it is implemented...

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