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Brotherhood Says No Women, No Copts To Be Egyptian President

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Muslim Brotherhood is strongest opposition political party in Egypt . The group says that Egypt can’t have woman or Coptic Christian has a president.

By Manar Ammar

November 7, 2007 Egypt (AHN) – The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt ‘s strongest opposition group, said women and Copts are not qualified to run for president. The group’s position is to be officially part of their party platform, a Brotherhood source told All Headline News on Wednesday.

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Abdul Moneim Aboul Fotouh, a Brotherhood member, said recently that the group received approval from a leading sheikh that it is okay for women and Copts to be president, but the group later disagreed with these views.

“The news is true. We have decided on the issue and this is the group’s point of view,” Mohamed Badr, media officer for the group told AHN.

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Member opinions have swung back and forth on the issue amid strong objections from many Egyptian who argue that women and Copts must have the right to run for the presidency. They have added that Egyptians have the right to decide who is best.

“Copts are Egyptians just like Muslims and it’s not up to the Brotherhood to give away positions and to give itself the authority of giving and taking. We refuse it,” Naguib Sawiris, the head of Orascom Telecom, one of the richest people in the world according to Forbes and a Copt, said at a press conference on Monday.

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