November 6, 2012

How Will Coptic Pope Deal with Egypt's Islamists?

Ashraf Khalil, Time

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Transparency on any level has never really been a modern Egyptian strongpoint. Crucial transitional moments — like Hosni Mubarak’s ouster or President Mohamed Morsy outmaneuvering his rival, the Defense Minister who was also head of the military junta, in August — tend to happen behind closed doors. The public generally finds out who the new boss is via opaque communiqué.

So the leadership of Egypt’s Coptic Church gets marks for conducting a truly transparent papal-selection process — literally and physically transparent.

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TAGGED: Tawadros, Muslim Brotherhood, Islamists, Egypt, Coptic Christians

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