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What do the Copts want in the Constitution?

When former president Morsi (Mursī) was ousted on July 3, the Political Road Map announced by General Abdul Fatāh Al Sīsī called to amend the 2012 Constitution, which was widely seen as the Constitution of the Muslim Brotherhood rather than Egypt’s Constitution.



Coptic groups have different aspirations for the Constitution based on their different visions for the new Egypt. Though they were active in the 2013 uprising, Copts have been targeted by Morsi supporters, as well as thugs, in order to stifle these ambitions. Recently, though, their participation in the Constituent Assembly (the 50-man committee for amending the Constitution) has given a voice to the many diverse perspectives of Copts concerning their relationship to the state.



There are three main camps of Coptic political groups vis-à-vis the Constitution: a Coptic political mainstream, willing to accommodate opposing opinions concerning constitutional articles; a Coptic left, calling for quick and fundamental change for the relationship of the Copts and the state; and a political right, calling for further restrictions on religious liberties to ensure the control of the Church over its own affairs.




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