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Egypt’s new president to pick woman, Christian VPs

28 June 2012 General 17 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

Cairo (CNN) – Egypt’s first ever democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, will make history in another way: by appointing a woman as vice president, his policy adviser told CNN.

He will also choose another vice president who is Christian, Ahmed Deif said.

The news came as the man Morsi beat for the presidency, Ahmed Shafik, left Egypt on a trip to Abu Dhabi, and as Cairo’s administrative court overturned a rule that allowed the military to arrest people without a warrant.

“For the first time in Egyptian history — not just modern but in all Egyptian history — a woman will take that position,” Deif told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday, referring to one of the vice presidency slots. “And it’s not just a vice president who will represent a certain agenda and sect, but a vice president who is powerful and empowered, and will be taking care of critical advising within the presidential Cabinet.”

Although Morsi has previously argued for banning women from the presidency, he said before the election that as president he would stand for women’s rights.

“The role of women in Egyptian society is clear,” Morsi told Amanpour through a translator weeks before the runoff election. “Women’s rights are equal to men. Women have complete rights, just like men. There shouldn’t be any kind of distinction between Egyptians except that is based on the constitution and the law.”

The Islamist figure, a Muslim Brotherhood leader, also promised to ensure rights of minorities.

Egypt “definitely” will not be an “Islamic Republic,” Deif said Monday.

Morsi moved into his offices Monday, said Jihad Haddad, an adviser to the transition team.

He began the work of assembling a new government — one of the tasks he maintains the power to do after the military junta running the country recently slashed the presidency’s reach.

The process of picking people to serve in the Cabinet will take time and “won’t end in a day,” Haddad said.

Shafik, who lost in the runoff election to Morsi, left the country Tuesday for the United Arab Emirates, his attorney and a Cairo airport official said.

He traveled to Abu Dhabi, Cairo airport official Mohamed Sultan said.

He is not fleeing the country, Shafik’s attorney, Showee Elsayed, told CNN.

While some legal petitions accusing Shafik of corruption were submitted in April, prosecutors have not taken legal action on them, so “there are absolutely no legal cases pending against” him, Elsayed said.

Shafik was the final prime minister to serve under ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

Shafik’s office said Tuesday he “will establish a new political party upon his return from the UAE and Saudi Arabia where he is on private visits.”

He and his two daughters will be performing Umra, an Islamic religious pilgrimage to Mecca.

Meanwhile, Cairo’s administrative court, which hears civilian complaints against the government, rejected a controversial rule Tuesday that the ministry of justice had established before the election.

The rule stated that military personnel and intelligence forces could arrest civilians without a warrant.

Fourteen legal complaints were filed about the rule by various people and groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood.

The right to arrest civilians was previously reserved for police officers, the state-run Ahram news agency reported.

Original post: Egypt’s new president to pick woman, Christian VPs


  1. They will make nice window dressing. Articles say 200 thousand Copts fled before the election.

  2. Damned if you do, damned it you don’t huh? The man is trying to unify ALL of the people and you criticize. If he had marginalized them, you would criticize him. smh.

  3. We’ll see. Such appointment can be purely symbolic, but I’ll preserve a cautious optimism. Obviously we can’t expect Egypt’s first president to be a perfect one, but as long as the right to vote freely and essential rights are preserved, there is always hope for improvement in the future. Congratulations to Egypt on their first free, competitive election, and good luck to Morsi in making Egypt a better place.

  4. As Allah says in his book they want be satisfyed untill you give up you deen for there’s

  5. I think it is the muslims who aren’t going to be happy unless we give up our deen for theirs.

  6. Didn’t Cleopatra rule Egypt long before Islam arrived?

    The appointment of a woman and Christian as VPs appears to be a fig leaf to cover the Muslim brotherhood. Similar to when the MB stayed back and let the secularists take the lead.

  7. I like the way they realize they’re poison.

  8. aron,we dont n havent cared abt ur “deen”..its u hellbent on blesphemin ours..or else wat u doin here..spewing loving,uniting,peace speech???? ..s3 ur absolutely ryt and even then they will find somthing to bicker about…hate mongers!!!!!

  9. Sure ya do, Nill, half the fun is scaring women into wearing headscarves. Gonna beat you up sweetie lessn you do what we say.

  10. @ anon , are you gonna cry , huh ? , i can see the tears in your eyes you arrogant bigot . better for you to go eat some mayonnanaise sandwaishes instead of headaching us here , right ?

  11. I lak yore speeeling.

  12. anon,

    don’t be making fun of people who can’t spell. you’ll make me cry.


    what’s up? haven’t seen you since you said it’s alright to marry children.

    Rashiyd Abu Ali,

    “Damned if you do, damned it you don’t huh?” yeah the same thing happens to US. we don’t help the rwandans, we are assholes. we try to help the somalis we are assholes. we do nothing while sadam brutilizes iraqis, but once we remove him we are assholes and attacked. go figure.

  13. Hera,

    Cleopetra ruled Egypt much longer even before Christianity arose and arrived there.

  14. amazingly, i have things to do besides monitor this site on a daily basis. Would i marry a child? no. but you’ll use lack of context to your advantage all the same…

    anyway, no use prophesizing doom or heralding paradise just yet. I’ll be optimistic, but until the SCAF let’s go of control, who gets elected doesn’t make much of a difference. I was the leader to be an elected one. Is that so wrong?

  15. Am reading that Morsi and the MB think that with time the population will turn slowly more islamic.

    I think it will be more like Iran – under theocratic gov they will turn slowly in the other direction. Underground house churches and other religions will form, a section of the people will become more and more defiant…

    TV video of young Egyptians arriving at a club, throwing off their wraps and dancing in western style…

    Morsi is a good example of how an intelligent educated person can still fall for utopian delusions like theocracy or communism.

    As I said before, that long arc that bends towards justice also bends toward freedom…

  16. siyaj k’ak

    how’d i take advantage of context?

    “In of itself, there is nothing inherently “wrong” about the act.”

    ur full comment:

    again, the forced and child marriages are more a cultural thing than religious. In fact, Koranin law concerning women is actually extremely liberating considering what Arab custom was before, which treated women as chattel property of their families and expected them to die with their husbands similar to some Hindu traditions. Arranged marriage is not required in Islam, and certainly neither is child marriage. It is simply an unfortunate result of coming from a nation that is still fairly poor, uneducated, and backward in its traditions.

    So far as the child marriage, that is a case where cultural relativism actually holds up. No one saw anything wrong with chiild marriages at the time, likely not even Aisha, who was said to love Muhammad deeply and was one of his strongest adherents. In addition, there is some speculation that Aisha’s youth was exaggerated in order to make certain to later generations that she was pure and chaste, and that her actual age was likely closer to 13 or 14 upon consumation. Child marriages still occur today in Latin America and the Romani. In the latter case, a 10 year old girl in Spain gave birth, and all interviews with her reported that she was happy and proud of the fact. Expecting people in such cultures, even the so-called “victims” to understand why child marriage is bad is like expecting them to understand what’s so bad about Obamacare.

    Does that mean it’s right to force a child into a marriage with an old man? To me, no, but then that’s assuming that the child has a problem with the entire situation. In of itself, there is nothing inherently “wrong” about the act. It’s just alien to us in a modern world. So you can go ahead repeat your “The Prophet married a 9-year old” speil all you want. While you’re at it, go ahead and discredit Plato’s Republic because of his relations with young boys, and torch the Declaration of Indpendence because Thomas Jefferson slept with two of his slaves. I would argue that Jefferson’s antics were the only one of those actually morally wrong, but it seems by virtue of his whiteness and quasi-christianness, he is allowed to remain a respectable historical figure.

    23 April 2012 at 3:41 pm

  17. Sally Hemmings was the half sister of Jeff’s wife.

    Immature female bodies are more apt to develop fistulas upon childbirth.

    The obsession with female chastity is sad and deathly. Sometimes girls are murdered by relatives in a frenzy of fear that they are impure, and then the autopsy says they are virgins.

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