As Egypt continues its gallop toward Sharia. “Church representative resigns from Shura Council,” from Egypt Independent, December 27:
The Shura Council member recently appointed to represent the Evangelical Church resigned Thursday, citing concerns the upper house of Parliament is dominated by Islamists.
Nadia Henry was one of the 90 members chosen by President Mohamed Morsy to serve on the 270-seat council, the rest of which is elected by the public.
Henry said that one-third of the president’s recent appointments are Islamists, which does not ensure appropriate representation for the rest of society.
“I was honored to be among the 90 MPs appointed to the Shura Council by President Mohamed Morsy,” Henry said in the resignation letter she submitted to Shura Council Speaker Ahmed Fahmy. “As I am willing to give effort, time and all that is precious to take the country out of its crisis, I accepted this great honor as soon as I heard that the 90 appointed members were originally meant to create the required balance between representatives of all Egyptian people in the respected council.”
Henry offered her apologies, saying, “I cannot accept that title, [representative] of people, under the domination of 88 percent of the seats and votes of the respected Shura Council by a single faction, although it is supposed to represent all spectrums of the Egyptian society.”…