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On the other hand, Grand Shaykh of the Azhar Dr. Ahmad al-Tayīb walked out of the ceremonial hall of Cairo University held over Mursī’s inauguration as president in protest after he was asked to leave his seat on the first row to sit in the second. Tayīb’s seat was taken by Speaker of the dissolved...
Ahmad al-Iskandarānī, the spokesman for the Building and Development Party of the al-Jamā’ah al-Islāmīyah (Islamic Group), said the Jamā’ah backpedaled on insistence on the text in the new constitution that the rulings of the Islamic sharī’ah are the main source of legislation, adding the wording...
Meanwhile, signs of a new crisis between Muslim and Christian clerics members of the constitution-drafting panel emerged over Article II that currently reads as “…the principles of the Islamic sharī’ah are the main source of legislation,” over attempts to remove the word principles. Representatives...
Constitution experts said the president of the republic, as a result of the complementary constitutional declaration, will be lacking some powers and competences, suggesting set steps to fine-tune his work as an elected president. The experts said the president, right after he takes the...
In a symbolic military parade in the Central Zone in al-Hāykstib area, the armed forces on Saturday (June 30) officially handed over power to Mursī as the first elected non-military president in sixty years. The ceremony was attended by Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and Chairman of the...
After the oath-taking ceremony, Mursī hailed in a speech the Supreme Constitutional Court and its members and said that Egypt today is a modern, civil, national and constitutional state, reiterating respect for the judicial and legislative powers. “I will undertake my role to guarantee the...
The court will also consider another challenge requesting the banning of the Muslim Brotherhood group, halting all its activities and closing down all its headquarters and property for its failure to obtain a license from the ministry of social solidarity to practice its activities in violation of...
In northern Nigeria, attacks on three churches and following retaliatory acts left 45 people killed, prompting an Italian minister on Monday (June 18) to condemn the Islamist group Boko Haram and accusing it of “having started a campaign of genocide targeting Christian minority”. [Author Not...
Meanwhile, Archpriest Angelus, the secretary of acting patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church Bishop Pachomius, said that the church is not afraid about the victory of Muhammad Mursī, the leader of the Brotherhood’s FJP, in the presidential runoff round, adding the church respects the will of the...
In its first meeting at the Shūrá Council, the upper house of the two-chamber parliament, the constitution-drafting panel elected unopposed on Monday (June 18) evening Counselor Husām al-Ghiryānī, the sole candidate for the post, as chairman of the constituent assembly. Ghiryānī criticized the...

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