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The issue of Copts’ population was raised in a very exciting different way, particularly in this timing, considering the fact that the powers that be in Egypt have been neglecting this topic since the times of former Presidents Muḥammad Anwar al-Sādāt and Muḥammad Ḥusnī Mubārak. 
Officials of the constituent assembly drafting a new constitution for Egypt said in a press conference on Monday (November 19) said that there was no justification for the withdrawal of the churches and civil powers.
Mary Zakī, the director of the Mār Jirjis workshop in Shubrā al-Khaymah Bishopric, said the former acting patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church Bishop Pachomius surprised them with a new request, which is that the new attire of the pope should have a symbol of the sword linked to the belt, adding...
Pope Tawāḍrūs II, who was enthroned as the 118th Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Saint Mark, received will-wishers offering congratulations for the 118th Pope of Alexandria and the See of Saint Mark.
Dr. Ihāb Ramzī, a professor of criminal law at Banī Swayf University, said he was flabbergasted to read 10 drafts of the constitution, adding this is a well-laid plan to create a state of tumult among political powers.
Dr. Nājiḥ Ibrāhīm, a co-founder and theoretician of the al-Jamāʿa al-Islāmīya (Islamic Group), called on President Muḥammad Mursī to lead the nation with a mentality of a statesman, not that of the Muslim Brotherhood group, and give more room for power sharing regardless of ideological differences.
A spokesman for the president said a meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday (November 20) between President Muḥammad Mursī and Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawāḍrūs II was postponed over the death of the president’s sister Monday evening.
A new government lineup under a prominent member of the Muslim Brotherhood group is almost finalized, according to the ikhwanonline.com website. 
Some experts said other countries like Canada, Australia and the United States would walk in the footsteps of the Netherlands in order to help Copts to pack up and leave through facilities offered in the embassies of those countries in Egypt.
Yet another episode of attempts to bring Egypt in an awkwardly embarrassing situation is fostered by expatriate Copts to press the current regime that is only less than 100 days in power coupled with resounding tones about Copts’ rights to seek asylum to the Netherlands. [‘Abd al-Wahāb Sha’bān, al-...
Islamist activists in Salafī forums lashed out at Shaykh Yāsir Burhāmī, Deputy Chairman of the Salafī Daʿwah [Call] Movement, over a published photograph showing him hugging Bishop Būla of Ṭanṭā that some have even accused Burhāmī of loyalty to Copts.
The village of Dashāsha, Samsaṭā town, Banī Swayf governorate, has seen a violent brawl between Muslims and Christians over children playing on the streets, leaving five from the two sides injured. 
Meanwhile, the Central Agency for Organization and Administration (CAOA) called for the independence of control bodies and their chairpersons as far as appointment to public posts is concerned and also for investing them with legal immunity.
The National Council for Human Rights (NCHR), in its current status, does not go beyond what former President Ḥusnī Mubārak wanted it to be, an independent, but highly controlled, establishment, used only to beautify the regime’s appearance.
Egyptian churches confirmed their withdrawal from the constituent assembly as Priest Angelus, Secretary of Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawāḍrūs II, said the church still sticks to its position about quitting the constitution panel, adding the president’s declaration is causing division among Egyptians.
Coptic activists expressed “profound anger” over the announced final draft constitution and calls for referendum over it without the presence of any representatives of the churches on the panel. 
An opinion article in al-Ahrām argues that the Qur’ān has not openly prohibited non-Muslims to assume public positions in an Islamic state. [‘Alī Mabrūk, al-Ahrām, Oct. 4, p. 10] Read original text in Arabic
President Mursī is receiving the draft of Egypt’s first post-revolution constitution from Counselor Husām al-Ghiryānī, Chairman of the Constituent Assembly, in the presence of the constitution-writing members.
Eleven Egyptian newspapers have decided not to print their Wednesday editions to protest President Muhammad Mursī’s controversial constitutional decree. A handful of private satellite channels also reportedly plan to temporarily cease transmission on Wednesday.
Egypt's Constituent Assembly has passed a draft constitution that fails to protect women's rights or guarantee religious freedom, Human Rights Watch said.


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