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Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya’s party hold first press conference in Aswan, Upper Egypt
The Building and Development Party calls on voters to support them in upcoming parliamentary elections at press conference attended by Aboud El-Zomor, who spent 30 years in jail for role in Sadat assassination
Ahram Online, Friday 21 Oct 2011
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Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya’s political wing, the Building and Development Party (El-Benaa wa El-Tanmia), held its first press conference in Aswan, Upper Egypt, late on Saturday.

Al-Jamaa, one of the most established Islamist forces in the country, has always had a feeble presence in Upper Egypt.

The conference was chaired by Essam Darbala, Al-Jamaa’s Shura Council chairman, spokesperson Essam Abdel El-Maged and Shura Council member Tarek El-Zomor.

Aboud El-Zomor, who was imprisoned for three decades for his involvement in the assassination of former president Anwar Sadat, was also among the attendees.

During the conference, Al-Jamaa called on voters to support the group’s candidates in next month’s parliamentary elections and prevent remnants of the old regime getting back into parliament.

Commenting on Christians in Egypt, the Building and Development Party’s Secretary General Nasr Abdel Salam, said Copts would only be safe when the Sharia (Islamic) law is applied.

“Al-Jamaa’s vision that Egypt should be an Islamic country doesn’t mean we don’t acknowledge other non-Islamic identities,” he said. “All people have the right to feel proud about who they are, because we are partners in this nation.”





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Mounir Ghaly- Washington
24-10-2011 02:05am
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Jamma islamia in Aswan
Nast Abdel Salam sounding like the God Father demanding protection money. In all modern legal systems this is called extortion and racketeering
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Mohamed, Cairo
21-10-2011 06:23pm
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safe under sharia?
"Copts would only be safe when the Sharia (Islamic) law is applied." that sounds like a threat: "We will stop harassing and tormenting religious minorities when the Sharia law is applied...because if it isn't...who knows which church will burn down next". Because the Jizya is nothing more than "protection money" from the very people that rule, and is a way to control people.
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