Tagged with Referendum

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Arguing the Referendum

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Arguing the Referendum

God, The referendum passed, decisively. Turnout was strong, comparatively. The meaning is debated, heatedly. And here the prayers are needed. A few dispute the turnout, which was the key indicator. Supporters of Morsi have claimed only about ten percent of the electorate voted, while unofficial figures of both participation and affirmation supersede the results for … Continue reading

Egypt’s Referendum: Picture of the Day

Egypt’s Referendum: Picture of the Day

As Egypt votes on its new constitution, this picture sums things up very well. Shortly before polls opened an unknown individual drove past a courtroom in Giza and threw a small bomb. No one died and injuries were few, and turnout in the nearby polling stations was reported afterwards as stronger than usual. This is … Continue reading

Protest and Prayer in Egypt

Protest and Prayer in Egypt

Rarely has a constitution so divided a nation. Protests, both for and against and sometimes violent, have filled the street. Egypt’s Christians, meanwhile, are caught in the middle. Though united against the proposed draft, their responses have varied considerably. “It was definitely right for Christians to protest,” said Youssef Sidhom, editor-in-chief of the Coptic newspaper … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Referendum, Part Two

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Referendum, Part Two

God, Perhaps this prayer is the same as before. As the rest of Egypt goes to the polls to cast their ballot in the constitutional referendum, give them wisdom. ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ – what is best for their country? If ‘yes’, help Egypt to begin the path of rebuilding its representative institutions. Heal the stridency … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Referendum

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Referendum

God, Tomorrow, Egypt will vote. Many say she should not be, as the process was rushed, non-consensual, and dictatorial in its final stages. Others say the opposition hopes Egypt never votes, fearing the real choice of the people. God, whatever the reality which brought Egypt to this point, the people have a choice. The problem … Continue reading