Egypt Brings in Female and Christian Vice Presidents
Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected president of Egypt, will appoint a woman and a Christian as his Vice Presidents.
“For the first time in Egyptian history—not just modern but in all Egyptian history—a woman will take that position,” presidential policy advisor Ahmed Deif told Christiane Amanpour of CNN Monday. “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.”
Monday was a good day for the president-elect. As this announcement came, opposing candidate Ahmed Shafik, who represented the pre-revolution Mubarak regime, left Egypt for Abu Dhabi. Additionally, Cairo’s administrative court reversed struck down a law allowing the military to conduct arrests without a warrant.
Morsi’s spokesman Sameh el-Essawy acknowledged that the names of the two appointments had not been finalized, but that they would definitely be his two vice presidents.
A few weeks before the historic runoff that catapulted him into power, Morsi told CNN that “the role of women in Egyptian society is clear. …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…based on the constitution and the law.”
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