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On the other hand, statements by lawyer Joseph Malāk, an Alexandrian Coptic activist, stirred arguments in Coptic and church circles after he announced that he had addressed the U.S. administration in Washington and the U.S. embassy in Cairo to ask for mediation with President Muhammad Mursī on the...
On the other hand, statements by lawyer Joseph Malāk, an Alexandrian Coptic activist, stirred arguments in Coptic and church circles after he announced that he had addressed the U.S. administration in Washington and the U.S. embassy in Cairo to ask for mediation with President Muhammad Mursī on the...
The Coptic Evangelical Church, led by Dr. Safwat al-Bayādī, issued a statement on Egypt’s draft constitution asserting its acceptance of Article II as written in the 1971 Constitution without any changes or amendments. The chapter on rights and freedoms, however, may include a clear article about...
Counselor Edward Ghālib said the additions made to the text of Article II of the Constitution has relieved everyone and converged with the Azhar paper on rights and freedoms, which was approved by all political groups in the society. Counselor Munsif Sulaymān said through calm and legal dialogue...
Egyptians in general and Christians in particular heaved a sigh of relief after the Azhar settled the row about Article II of the Constitution by calling for keeping it intact. Grand Shaykh of the Azhar Dr. Ahmad al-Tayīb said that Article II in the way it is drafted now is a “title of accordance”...
“This Saturday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will do something that no U.S. Secretary of State has ever done: meet with a democratically elected president of Egypt. The meeting should be about more than symbolism. Egyptian women were at the forefront of their revolution, but the systemic...
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...
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...
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...

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