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Archbishop Bakhoum: Church Will Not Withdraw from Constituent Assembly
Archbishop Bakhoum: Church Will Not Withdraw from Constituent Assembly
Playing a positive part in Egypt’s constitution-writing panel, the Church is defying calls from certain Coptic groups and movements to subvert the panel by withdrawing its representatives therein.
Monday, July 30,2012 23:29

Father Bakhoum Abdul-Maseeh, Archbishop of the Church of Saint Anthony and Saint Paul in Mansoura, announced his rejection of the demands by some Coptic Church factions to withdraw from the Constituent Assembly (CA).


In press statements, Bakhoum confirmed that the church will not withdraw, in order to continue its work, to help draft a constitution worthy of Egypt’s revolution.

Earlier, on Friday, dozens of 'Maspero Youth Federation' movement members staged a protest outside Abbassiya Cathedral, demanding church withdrawal from the CA, the panel entrusted with authoring Egypt’s new Constitution. Protesters believe that the Church’s participation, staying on in the CA, lends the panel legitimacy.

tags: Constitution / Church / Egypt / Revolution / Constituent Assembly / Maspero / Abbassiya / Protesters

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