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Shenouda III urges Copts to vote en masse for moderate Muslims if need be
The head of the Coptic Orthodox Church stresses the importance of Christians for the country’s stability and future. Citizenship committees are being organised at the parish level to push Christians to become engaged in politics. Experts warn against a new military regime in Egypt, look favourably to the Tunisian model.
Votes counted after Tunisia’s first free election
The turnout hits the 90 per cent mark. Islamist Ennahda party leads by 35 per cent. Many fear an Islamist victory.
Egypt's Pope Tawadros targeted by Islamists
Catholic sources say the Coptic Orthodox Patriarch is a target for possible Islamist reprisal. His weekly readings in Cairo cathedral have been cancelled for safety reasons. Meanwhile, in many parts of Egypt, anti-Christian intimidation and violence continue with two deaths in the past two days. For activist, "People are waiting for the army to remove Muslim Brotherhood protest camps."
"Violence is not part of us; political murder harms the whole country," says Tunisian Priest
The day after the assassination of opposition leader Mohammed Brahmi, Fr. Jawad Alamat spoke to AsiaNews about a "generalised fatigue that afflicts the country. We are not a people accustomed to the use of violence; attacks against free voices are bad for all citizens."
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.
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.
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