» 01/23/2012, 00.00
For Catholic Church, Islamist victory scares Christians but expresses the will of the people
The Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists get 73 per cent of the seats in the lower house, which meets today for the first time since Mubarak’s fall. The session began this morning with a minute of silence for the martyrs of the Jasmine Revolution. The armed forces remain a problem.
After the Arab spring, is Egypt heading for a rigid winter?
The country is the scene of daily demonstrations, economic uncertainty and political chaos. The massacre of Copts, Gaddafi’s demise and the rise of Muslim fundamentalists, who could get half the seats in the next parliament, are factors of instability and concern in a country on a path towards democracy.
Egyptians tired of Salafists and Muslim Brotherhood, says Coptic bishop
For Mgr Golta, patriarchal auxiliary bishop of the Coptic Catholic Patriarchate, acts of anti-Christian discrimination show the real nature of the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists. In Upper Egypt, two Christians were convicted after a row with Salafist leaders. Young Jasmine Revolution leaders remain in the forefront of the fight for religious freedom and democracy.
Tahrir Square flooded by people who want to continue the Jasmine Revolution
Nagui Diamian, a young Catholic Coptic leader, talks about the youth protest a year since the demonstrations that led to the fall of President Mubarak. Thousands have arrived from all over Egypt to demand real change for the country, which is still in the hands of the military. Meanwhile, the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists try to monopolise the situation following their electoral victory.
Neither the military nor extremists in the new Egypt, says young Copt
Nagui Damiam talks about the renewed unity among Egyptians demonstrating in Tahrir Square. The Muslim Brotherhood is strong and well organised, but it is far from what young people want. A victory by extremists against the military would trigger a civil war with moderate forces. A Christian exodus has already started.
Secular parties join forces to stop Muslim Brotherhood ascendancy
The leaders of parties born in the wake of the Revolution in Tahrir Square meet in Cairo. “A coalition of moderate parties is the only way to stop the progress of radical groups, and avoid the creation of a confessional state,” says a spokesperson for the Egyptian Catholic Church. The military reopens 16 churches closed for security reasons.
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