Egypt president names Christian and woman as assistants

Egyptian leader Mohammed Mursi has appointed a Christian intellectual, a female university professor and two Islamists as presidential assistants.

Samir Murqus, a liberal Coptic writer, was named assistant for democratic transition, officials announced.

Pakinam al-Sharkawi, who teaches political sciences at Cairo University, will be in charge of political affairs.

During his election campaign Mr Mursi said he would appoint Copts among his advisers, possibly as vice-president.

However, he named Mahmoud Mekki, a veteran judge who campaigned for judicial independence under Hosni Mubarak, as his deputy.

Copts, who make up about 10% of Egypt’s 82 million people, were also disappointed that the new cabinet includes only one Christian.

The two other assistants appointed on Monday are members of the two Islamist parties which dominated parliament before it was dissolved in June after a court found the election law had been unconstitutional.

Imad Abdul Ghafour, the head of the ultraconservative Salafist Nour party, is in charge of relations with civil society, while Issam al-Haddad of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, will look after external relations and international co-operation.

Mr Mursi also named on Monday the first 17 members of his “presidential advisory team”, with whom he will hold regular meetings.

They include former presidential candidate Mohammed Salim al-Awwa, Muslim Brotherhood leader Essam al-Aryan, political expert Seif al-Din Abdul Fattah and writer Sekina Fouad.

BBC

  • wargame1

    I have seen a New video of a helicopter shot down by Syrian Mujaheddin. Please search the following on youtube.

    الله أكبر إسقاط طائرة مروحية في في دمشق كامل

    • Hannibal

      I would have cheered with you but without the takbiir… I strongly doubt Allah condones violence.

      • MeYosemite

        I think he copied pasted title from you tube, I doubt he is the author of it.

    • Hannibal

      I would have cheered with you but without the takbiir… I strongly doubt Allah condones violence.

  • wargame1

    I have seen a New video of a helicopter shot down by Syrian Mujaheddin. Please search the following on youtube.

    الله أكبر إسقاط طائرة مروحية في في دمشق كامل

    • I would have cheered with you but without the takbiir… I strongly doubt Allah condones violence.

      • MeYosemite

        I think he copied pasted title from you tube, I doubt he is the author of it.

  • jim

    This is a very deceptive move by C I A /M I 6 puppet mercenary Morsey to appeal to Coptic christians while annihilating them outright .And choosing a women is another sham move for Morsey to put a little femininistic make up on his ugly suppressive rule

    • Hannibal

      If he was brought in democratically by a majority… BEFORE we prejudge him let’s give him a chance. I for once am happy with his decision. I hope Islamists turn their tides around and follow the religion of peace rather than dominate by the sword. One can hope…

      • lefthanded

        It’s refreshing to see that there’s still people that distinguish muslims from Islam.

        I wish so too, but i don’t think it will happen in the near future for two reasons, first ignorance, secondly People using religion to control the ignorant. they go hand in hand.

    • Hannibal

      If he was brought in democratically by a majority… BEFORE we prejudge him let’s give him a chance. I for once am happy with his decision. I hope Islamists turn their tides around and follow the religion of peace rather than dominate by the sword. One can hope…

      • lefthanded

        It’s refreshing to see that there’s still people that distinguish muslims from Islam.

        I wish so too, but i don’t think it will happen in the near future for two reasons, first ignorance, secondly People using religion to control the ignorant. they go hand in hand.

  • jim

    This is a very deceptive move by C I A /M I 6 puppet mercenary Morsey to appeal to Coptic christians while annihilating them outright .And choosing a women is another sham move for Morsey to put a little femininistic make up on his ugly suppressive rule

    • If he was brought in democratically by a majority… BEFORE we prejudge him let’s give him a chance. I for once am happy with his decision. I hope Islamists turn their tides around and follow the religion of peace rather than dominate by the sword. One can hope…

      • lefthanded

        It’s refreshing to see that there’s still people that distinguish muslims from Islam.

        I wish so too, but i don’t think it will happen in the near future for two reasons, first ignorance, secondly People using religion to control the ignorant. they go hand in hand.

  • 5thDrawer

    One might hope he is right in this. To say he has appointed a Christian intellectual, whatever that is, along with Islamists of no real title, almost contradicts the appointment of the woman professor – until you see she teaches political ‘science’. 😉

  • 5thDrawer

    One might hope he is right in this. To say he has appointed a Christian intellectual, whatever that is, along with Islamists of no real title, almost contradicts the appointment of the woman professor – until you see she teaches political ‘science’. 😉