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Is the president lying? Leading Salafist says Morsi promised not to appoint woman, Copt VPs

Influential Salafist sheikh says newly-elected President Morsi promised not to appoint female or Christian vice presidents despite recent statements to contrary

Ahram Online , Wednesday 4 Jul 2012
Yasser Borhami
Salafist Yasser Borhami (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Sheikh Yasser Borhami, leading member of Egypt's Salafist Calling and co-founder of the Salafist Nour Party, said in a televised interview on Tuesday that newly-inaugurated President Mohamed Morsi had promised him – despite recent promises to the contrary – that he would appoint neither a woman nor a Coptic-Christian to the position of vice president.

Speaking on the Hayat 2 television channel, Borhami also stated that Morsi, along with Muslim Brotherhood Deputy Chairman Khairat El-Shater, had promised to amend Article 2 of the constitution so as to make Islamic Law the main source of legislation in Egypt.

Article 2 of Egypt's 1971 constitution states that "the principles of Islamic Law" represent the main source of the legislation. Egyptian Islamist parties and groups, however, want to see "Islamic Law" alone – not merely the principles thereof – representing the "main source" of legislation in Egypt.

Egypt's secular forces, meanwhile, want the controversial article to be left as is.

In the Tuesday interview, Borhami said that Morsi had told him and other Salafist sheikhs that he would appoint women and Christians only as "advisors" and not as vice presidents.

The Salafist Calling and the Nour Party both endorsed moderate-Islamist Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh in the first round of Egypt's recent presidential poll. In last month's hotly-contested second round, both Salafist groups endorsed Morsi's bid against Mubarak-era premiere Ahmed Shafiq.

A group of influential Salafist sheikhs, including Borhami, met with Morsi last Thursday at the presidential palace. 

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The major
05-07-2012 11:47am
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I'm confused
I am confused by the content of this article...I was under the impression that a panel of 100 people representative of all factions of Egyptians, had been formed to write a new constitution.. and NOT Mr. Shater and Mr. Morsy.. so how come they can give promises and guarantees to certain parties re; the content of the new constitution??... is the whole process "windowdressing" has a new constitution already been written and the constituent assembly is only theatre?
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Dr. Malek Towghi/Tauqee - USA
05-07-2012 09:11am
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Act before it is too late
These guys are misfits in the 21st century Egypt. Before the ugly history of Pakistan and the tragic history of the great Iranian Revolution of 1979-80 are repeated in the land that gave birth to Civilization -- and that brought the great Egyptian Revolution of 2011, second only to the French Revolution ... before it is too late, the original revolutionaries, intellectuals. all secularists including the Egyptian Christians should return in full force to the Tahrir Square and its equivalents throughout the country -- and to Egyptian embassies & consulates abroad -- WITH A SINGLE-POINT DEMAND for a Constitution that clearly and unambiguously separates religion from the management of COMMON & normal educational, civic, State and international affairs. Given the apparent growing maturity of Egyptian voters, it is likely that a significant majority of Egyptian Muslims will support this demand.
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The major
05-07-2012 04:24am
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I'm confused
I am confused by the content of this article...I was under the impression that a panel of 100 people representative of all factions of Egyptians, had been formed to write a new constitution.. and NOT Mr. Shater and Mr. Morsy.. so how come they can give promises and guarantees to certain parties re; the content of the new constitution??... is the whole process "windowdressing" has a new constitution already been written and the constituent assembly is only theatre?
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Ashkey
04-07-2012 11:00pm
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I wonder why this Sheikh is afraid of woman!!
These are just a bunch of completely frustrated guys that hide behind laws and traditions that are perfectly modelled to have an easy and blunt life as a man. Fade out 50% of the population and you have less to discuss....I wonder what the difference is between them and animals....
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patkar
04-07-2012 02:28pm
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when are you destroying the pyramids
in line with the taleban destroying the bamiyan boudas, the islamists destroying the sheiks shrines in timbuctou, the salafis should advocate the total destruction of the pagan pharaonic people construction, graves and sites of whorship not to forget the pyramids to be recicled ( so much for tourism ).morality police to be created with prerogative to punish " on the spot " the vilains. and...May God save Egypt from this nightmare !
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Sarah
05-07-2012 06:39pm
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narrow mind
The last post shows how a narrowminded Individual interprets the Qu'ran! The majority of Egyptians do not think like this.
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