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On the other hand, ‘Abd al-Wahāb Sha’bān, in an opinion piece in al-Wafd, wrote that Copts do not care about the continuous hints of appointing a Coptic Vice-president due to the acts of violence that occurred in the early 'nineties. There are concerns about the migration of Copts after Mursī was...
According to page 7 in al-Ahrām, Christians had some fears about Mursī making it to power but these were gradually dispelled after the president-elect's maiden speech. They believe that as long as God chose him then it is going to be for the good, praying to God to bestow success on him in his...
The President-elect also received Public Prosecutor Dr. ‘Abd al-Majīd Mahmūd and members of the judicial bodies and the High Judicial Council. Mursī’s political advisor Ahmad Dayf, for his part, said that the new president will use the strategy of including all segments of society and appointing a...
“Reports asserted that the majority of Copts voted for Shafīq, ‘Amr Mūsá and Hamdīn Sabbāhī and a fewer number voted even for former MB member ‘Abd al-Mun’im Abū al-Futūh as well as other presidential candidates with all their different political affiliations and ideologies,” the ECHR said in a...
Rev. Rif’at Fikrī Sa’īd, the chairman of the Information & Publishing Council of the Coptic Evangelical Synod of the Nile, said his church has always been democratic and calls for equality and respect for human rights, adding the church has never directed its members to vote for any candidate...
Dozens of Copts protested outside the Supreme Court to reject verdicts sentencing 12 Christians to 25-year imprisonment terms in the case of sectarian unrest in Abū Qurqās, al-Minya, in April. [‘Abd al-Wahāb Sha’bān, al-Wafd, May 28, p. 1] Read original text in Arabic
Meanwhile, members of the Azhar’s Islamic Research Academy said the khul’ law, which granted women the freedom to end her matrimonial relationship with her husband, is a legitimate right, adding women may use their right when they find out that it is possible to continue her life with her husband...
In the same vein, Mursī pledged to form a large coalition government representative of all segments of the society and not just a government based on a parliamentary majority belonging to a single party. He praised Christians’ role in the struggle against “colonialist powers” in the past side by...
The Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) had contacts with parties, revolutionary coalitions and the coordinators of the campaigns of Sabbāhī, disqualified candidate Hāzim Abū Ismā’īl and ‘Abd al-Mun’im Abū al-Futūh in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Sohag on Saturday (May 26) to urge...
Michael Munīr, the leader of the al-Hayāh Party, rejected accusations that Copts supported Shafīq, adding the religious groups are propagating these claims to shift the battle. “Copts’ votes were divided between Mūsá and Sabbāhī. The latter garnered many Coptic young people’s votes. However, I...

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