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YelliChink    3/19/2011 5:34:42 PM The two established political blocs, the National Democratic Party and Muslim Brotherhood, back the proposals. But pro-democracy activists say the changes do not go far enough and want the plan rejected. They say the constitution needs to be entirely rewritten before elections can be held. Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei, who emerged as an opposition figurehead during the uprising, said the referendum dealt only with "minutiae". "It doesn't talk about the imperial power of the president, it doesn't talk about the distortion of the parliament, it doesn't talk about the need to have an independent constituent assembly that represents everybody," he said in comments carried by AFP news agency. "So we are going to say no. Most of the people who triggered the revolution are going to say no." ======================================= The NDP and the Muslim Brotherhood are on the same side of the constitutional referendum. Why am I not surprising?
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YelliChink       3/27/2011 5:54:01 PM
What did I told you about the merge between the Brotherhood of Nod and Mamelukes?

Unholy Alliance in Egypt. By Assad

There is now no doubt there is an unholy alliance between the military and
the radical Muslim Brotherhood. It has become crystal clear that the young,
educated secular activists who initially propelled the non-ideological
revolution are no longer the driving political force. The Muslim Brotherhood
with its link to the military is now dictating the future destiny of

The hopes and aspirations of the young protestors, that the
country would embrace secular democracy after the fall of the dictator Hosni
Mubarak suffered a major setback as the country went to the polls last week to
vote on constitutional changes.

The proposed constitutional amendments
put to the vote largely dealt with the articles of the 1971 constitution
pertaining to presidential elections and the president?s term in office. The
changes made no mention of the notorious Article 2, which states that ?Islam is
the religion of the State, Arabic is its official language, and the principal
source of legislation is Islamic Jurisprudence (Shariah).?

The imposition
of Article 2 on the debate was for the most part the handiwork of a treaty
between the Salafist movement and the Muslim Brotherhood. While the Muslim
Brotherhood control the political front, the Salafist movement has become it
muscle on the street, they prohibit any political opposition to a Muslim ruler.

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YelliChink       9/27/2011 2:19:44 PM
Copts know what's coming to Egypt.
NGO report: 93,000 Copts left Egypt since March

Nearly 93,000 Coptic Christians have left Egypt since 19 March, a report by an Egypt-based Coptic NGO has said.

The number may increase to 250,000 by the end of 2011, according to Naguib Gabriel, the head of the Egyptian Federation of Human Rights, which released the report.

The current trend of Coptic immigration endangers the structure of Egypt's population, Gabriel told Al-Masry Al-Youm on Sunday. He urged the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and the Egyptian cabinet to work on curbing the phenomenon.

Gabriel based the data stated in the report on information from Coptic churches and communities abroad.

"Nearly 16,000 migrated to California, while 10,000 moved to New Jersey, 8000 to New York, and 8000 to other American states," according to Gabriel. "Around 14,000 left to Australia, 17,000 to Canada, and 20,000 settled in the Netherlands, Italy, England, Austria, Germany and France."

Gabriel attributed the Coptic emigration to hardline Salafi groups seeking to apply Islamic law, deny Copts senior government posts, and reduce incoming tourism. He also blamed attacks on Coptic churches and the government's failure to bring attackers to justice.

Coptic author Kamal Zakher said the numbers in the report were exaggerated, but that concern over Coptic immigration is justifiable.

Migration procedures take up to a year to complete, so it is illogical to say the January revolution caused the Copts to leave the country, Zakher said.

The head of the Evangelical denomination in Egypt, Safwat al-Bayadi, also voiced his anxiety about Coptic immigration, noting that the continuation of the trend depends on the political forces ruling the country in the future.

Christians form nearly 10 percent of Egypt’s population. Following the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak in February, concerns have been growing among Christians over the mounting political influence of Islamist groups, some of which view Copts as infidels and deny them the right to assume top government posts.

However, Egypt’s biggest Islamist group, the Muslim Brotherhood, had stressed Christians' right to the presidency and accepted them as members in its political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party.

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YelliChink       11/30/2011 2:48:17 PM

Nov. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Egypt’s main Islamist group claimed an
early lead as officials counted ballots from parliamentary elections that offer
the first test of the parties competing to run the country after the fall of
Hosni Mubarak.

Mohammed el-Beltagy, an official at the Freedom and Justice
Party set up by the Muslim Brotherhood, said the party may have won at least 40
percent of votes counted so far. The party confirmed the figure in an e-mailed
statement late today. The first of three stages of parliamentary voting,
covering about a third of the country, ended yesterday with officials and rights
groups citing a higher-than-expected number of voters and little violence.
Results will be announced late tomorrow, state television said.
Together with Salafist Nour Party, the Islamists have probably close or over 50% of the vote.
Earlier this year when I predicted that once Mubarak is driven off, there is 70% of chance that MB will take over.
Now it looks like I've made a wrong assessment. Should have said 90% instead.
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YelliChink       12/4/2011 2:24:27 PM
The High Election Commission said the Islamic fundamentalist Muslim  Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party garnered 36.6 percent of the 9.7 million  valid ballots cast for party lists. The Nour Party, a more hardline Islamist  group, captured 24.4 percent.

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Together the Islamists won 61% of the vote.
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