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Holy Synod forms committee to study nominees for new pope

Others | 29 March 2012
The Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt announced Tuesday that it formed a committee to study candidates to replace the late Pope Shenouda III. The decision came after a meeting of the Holy Synod chaired by the acting pope, Bishop Pachomius, and attended by a large number of Coptic bishops from inside and outside Egypt... More

Badie accuses media of tarnishing Muslim Brotherhood's image

Others | 29 March 2012
The Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, launched a sharp attack on media outlets on Monday, accusing them of tarnishing the image of the group. “The devil inspires the media to create an image of the Brotherhood as a substitute of the National Democratic Party (NDP) that will destroy the country,” said Badie in a symposium in Beni Suef city, south of Cairo, marking the inauguration of the group’s headquarters in the governorate... More

Brotherhood postpones decision on endorsing presidential candidate

Others | 29 March 2012
The Muslim Brotherhood's Shura Council decided to postpone until Tuesday 3 April a meeting to discuss the group's decision on the endorsement of a presidential candidate from inside or outside of the group. Ahmed Abdel Rahman, a council member, told Al-Masry Al-Youm that the meeting was postponed for "more pondering," adding that "all the cards are on the table.".. More

Egypt media driven by devil, says Brotherhood leader

Others | 29 March 2012
Mohamed Badie, the Muslim Brotherhood's supreme guide, has said the Egyptian media is being driven by the devil into opposing his group. "The devil is plying his trade again, but this time to make the media convince Egyptians that the Brotherhood [and the FJP] is the new National Democratic Party (NDP) that will destroy the country.".. More

Brotherhood and military rulers trade barbs, threats

Others | 28 March 2012
The seeming honeymoon between the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s most formidable political faction, and the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) appears to be ending – or at least experiencing some turbulence. Recent statements issued by the two groups reveal mounting tension, the extent of which remains unclear... More

Brotherhood denies threats from SCAF

Others | 28 March 2012
The Muslim Brotherhood and the Freedom and Justice Party rejected on Monday what they called “threats” by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which had advised the group in a statement issued Sunday to “avoid undesired past mistakes.” President Gamal Abdel Nasser had brutally purged the group in 1954, following a failed assassination attempt on him that he accused the group of perpetrating. The Brotherhood denied the accusation at the time, saying it helped Nasser overthrow King Farouk in 1952... More

Jama'a al-Islamiya: We will insist on application of Sharia

Others | 28 March 2012
An MP from Jama’a al-Islamiya’s Construction and Development Party and member of the constituent assembly, Hani Noureddin, said Monday that his party “won’t give up the application of the Sharia and will defend the second article of the (1971) constitution,” which stipulates that the principles of Islamic law are the main source of legislation. Noureddin told Al-Masry Al-Youm that there is no disagreement among political powers over the second article, adding that his party is open to suggestions that are in accordance with the principles of Islamic law... More

Senior Brotherhood member launches Egyptian business association

Others | 28 March 2012
A senior Muslim Brotherhood member and businessman, who at this time last year had just been released from Tora prison, launched over the weekend the Egyptian Business Development Association (Ebda) to act as a channel of communication between investors and the government. “We want a renaissance of Egypt’s economy through encouraging investment, developing human capital, and helping to create economic decisions,” founder Hassan Malek said... More

SCAF to jostle Islamists for constitutional privileges

Others | 27 March 2012
Since the fall of Mubarak in February 2011, Egyptians have carried the thought of a new constitution in the forefront of their minds. The issue polarised the country during a referendum on amendments called by Egypt's ruling military council, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), in March 2011... More

Brotherhood names three possible presidential candidates

Others | 27 March 2012
MP Mohamed Emadeddin, a member of Parliament's Foreign Relations Committee and a leader in the Muslim Brotherhood, stated Monday evening that the Islamist group will consider three names in their bid to select a candidate for Egypt's upcoming presidential polls, according to Ahram's Arabic-language portal. The short-list includes Mohamed Mursi, chairman of the Brotherhood's political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party; Saad El-Katatni, the parliamentary speaker, and the group's deputy guide, Khairat El-Shater... More

The Brotherhood seeks to rule the Gulf, says Dubai police chief

Others | 27 March 2012
The Muslim Brotherhood is conspiring to rule the Gulf states, beginning with Kuwait next year as it is the most vulnerable, the Dubai police chief told Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas on Sunday. “I have sources that say the Brotherhood wants the Gulf regimes to reign but not govern,” he said, adding that the Islamist group will move on to the rest of the Gulf by 2016... More

Muslim Brotherhood's business heads enter the spotlight

Others | 27 March 2012
Outside the ballroom of the five-star hotel, bearded men in well-cut suits rush to line up for sunset prayers beside a banner announcing the day's event. Piety and commerce side-by-side, this was the scene at the Saturday launch of the Muslim Brotherhood-majority business lobby, the Egyptian Businessmen Development Association (EBDA, which also means 'start' in Arabic)... More

Islamists dominate Egypt's constituent assembly

Pope Shenouda III | 26 March 2012
Until the late hours of 24 March, the names of the 100-member constituent assembly to draft Egypt’s first post-25 January Revolution were not yet officially announced. As many as 2,078 people are nominated for joining the assembly and it has proved cumbersome for members of the two houses of parliament - the People’s Assembly and Shura Council - to choose among them... More

Brotherhood issues vehement criticism of cabinet, SCAF

Others | 26 March 2012
The Muslim Brotherhood attacked the Supreme Council of Armed Forces and the current cabinet for their management of the country Saturday. In a strongly worded statement, the Brotherhood said the military council's insistence on backing the current cabinet raises suspicions about the integrity of the presidential elections and the referendum on the new constitution. .. More

Muslim Brotherhood plot against Gulf: Dubai police chief

Others | 26 March 2012
The Muslim Brotherhood, the main Islamist force that emerged after the Arab Spring, is plotting to take over Gulf states, Dubai's police chief said in remarks reported on Sunday. Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan said he had his reasons to claim that the "Brotherhood was plotting to change the regimes in the Gulf," in an interview published in the Kuwaiti daily Al-Qabas... More

Egypt's other Christians

Others | 26 March 2012
The vast majority of Egyptian Christians belong to the Coptic Orthodox Church, but there are a number of other Christian denominations with significant numbers of followers in Egypt. Ahram Online takes a look at three of the largest. The Greek Orthodox Church of Alexandria The Greek Orthodox Church is part of the Eastern Orthodox Church, which has many adherents in Eastern Europe... More

Pope Shenouda as a writer

Others | 26 March 2012
Displayed on the shelves of every church bookstore in Egypt is a collection of writings by the late Pope Shenouda III. The covers of his books, which number over a hundred, are all illustrated with an image of St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Abbasseya and the pope’s name in the top right corner. Pope Shenouda, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 89 after a long struggle with disease, was an avid writer. He studied English literature and history at Cairo University in the forties, and upon his graduation in 1947, taught in a school, in addition to writing for a number of Coptic publications. He was even a member of the Journalists Syndicate before becoming a monk... More

Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide slams PM Ganzouri online

Others | 23 March 2012
The Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, has slammed interim Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri in a short statement published on his official Facebook page Thursday, wondering why the Ganzouri cabinet continues despite its refusal by parliament. .. More

Holy Synod chooses Bishop Pachomius as acting patriarch

Others | 23 March 2012
Members of the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church have unanimously proposed Bishop Pachomius to serve as the church’s acting patriarch until a new pope is elected. At a meeting Thursday, the Holy Synod also agreed to submit Pachomius’ name to the ruling military council, so it can issue an official decree naming him to run church affairs and supervise the papal election... More

In a corner, Muslim Brotherhood mulls presidential darkhorse

Others | 23 March 2012
The leadership of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood will reportedly discuss the possibility of nominating a presidential candidate at a group meeting scheduled for Friday. Some observers say the move is indicative of a political dilemma for Egypt's largest and most influential Islamist group. "The Muslim Brotherhood is stuck,” said one Brotherhood source. “It needs to find an exit from its current dilemma by finding a presidential candidate it can throw its weight behind.".. More

Fearing Islamist takeover of constituent assembly, activists call for protests

Others | 23 March 2012
Several revolutionary forces have called for demonstrations on Friday and Saturday against the formation of a constituent assembly they fear will be primarily composed of Islamists. State-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported on its website Thursday that the Alliance of Egyptian Revolutionaries called for a protest before the High Court of Justice and marches on Saturday to the Cairo International Conference Center located in Nasr City, where the People’s Assembly and Shura Council plan to select the constituent assembly’s members... More