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Muslim Brotherhood candidate for Egypt’s presidency hints at Coptic deputy

May 30, 2012

The Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate for the Egyptian president has promised that the country’s Christians would have full legal rights under his leadership.

“There could be a Copt deputy president, if this is possible,” said Mohamed Morsi, who is paired off against Ahmad Shafiq in a run-off campaign for the presidency. Morsi said that his government would not require women to wear the Islamic veil or to leave their jobs.

Morsi has focused his campaign rhetoric on a pledge of freedom, vowing that there will be “no return to dictatorship.” His opponent, Ahmad Shafiq, is vulnerable because he served as prime minister under the ousted President Hosni Mubarak. However, Shafiq has support from Egypt’s armed forces, which still wield enormous political power. Morsi has paid tribute to the military in his campaign, saying that the army has a key role in “protecting the revolution.”


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