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Egypt to see first female, Coptic vice-presidents: Morsi team
Morsi plans to appoint the first ever female and Coptic vice-presidents in a bid towards inclusiveness, an advisor said
Sarah Mourad, Tuesday 26 Jun 2012
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Mohamed Morsi among his supporters (Photo: Reuters)

Ahmed Deif, a policy advisor to Egypt’s president-elect Mohamed Morsi, stressed that Morsi will be a leader for all Egyptians and will appoint Coptic Christian and female vice-presidents.

"President-elect Morsi is not only backed by people with an Islamic tendency or ideology; he is now backed by all the people of the revolution, and this is definitely a dramatic positive card that he can play while negotiating with the SCAF," Deif told CNN.

"One of the first decisions will be appointing different vice-presidents. One of them will be a woman, for the first time in Egyptian history - not just modern history, but all Egyptian history, for a woman to take that position.

"Also, he has decided to appoint a Christian vice-president, and they will not just be a vice-president who will represent a certain gender or sect, but a vice-president who is powerful and empowered and will deal with critical files within the presidential cabinet."

In his last news conference before the presidential runoff vote, Morsi took the opportunity to reiterate his promises to Egypt's political forces, and said the country would not be run by an autocratic president.

He stressed that the presidency would work together with young revolutionaries, former presidential candidates, Copts, Salafists and all the sectors of the Egyptian people.

Morsi, who was declared president-elect on Sunday after narrowly beating his rival Ahmed Shafiq, also said women will play a major role in society.





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Awad
06-07-2012 10:19am
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Who?
Who is the choice for a Coptic woman to be vice president of Egypt
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Negar HosseinBor
27-06-2012 02:02pm
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God Bless Egypt
God Bless the Great Egyptian people. You hold a special place in the hearts of people all over the world. This is an excellent step towards peace and unity and becoming the great civilisation you have always been. You bequeathed so much good unto the world and deserve to re-establish yourselves as a great world power. The Copts are the final tangible link back to your ancestors in term's of preserving the last stage of the Egyptian language. They must be accorded respect as such, regardless of religious differences. I hope too that Egyptian women shall become equal contributing units throughout your society.I just pray you will not allow the Salafi to ruin this. Our prayers and thoughts are always with you for it is hoped that you shall set the example of justice, truth and equality in the Middle East once more.
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M. Thomas
27-06-2012 01:18pm
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Allahu akbar! :-)
This president will catch most of egyptian hearts I think. He gives evidence that Islam can be moderate, modern, tolerant and peaceful and this is a very important signal to western states. Millions of muslims on the entire world are waiting for such changes - the new Egypt gives hope to hundreds of millions people!
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doha
27-06-2012 11:30am
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No to the quota system
The quota system is a dangerous game. Mursi giving a minority the vice-presdincy is for show only. The position is a token without definition, responsibilities, or power. Currently it is completely meaningless. Mubarak did the same thing when appointing ministers. Being inclusive isn't just about numbers, it's about taking all segments of society into account whether they have representation or not.
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MS
26-06-2012 08:05pm
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Fundemantal step in the right direction
This is a fundamental step in the right direction for a democratic country. Involving all parties enemies, friends and above all the Coptic minority to be a part of the run team, will ensure a great acceptable start of the new administration and get the country slowly but surely to a political stability. Respect for this step and all the best for future endeavors of the new president.
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Hayman Ali
27-06-2012 07:11am
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Good well start
In fact the participation of minorities in the Department are the best responses to it are afraid of the Muslim leadership of the country I wish more bold decisions for recovery of the country quickly and thanks Dr. Morsi
Shabbir Ahmed
26-06-2012 09:32pm
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Good
Its great decision, Take supports from every powerful corner to overcome division in the Egyptian society.After the are citizen of Egypt.

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