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Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt
Photo: Wikipedia / Ahmad Badr (cc)

On February 9th, the Egyptian president officially swore in the new head of the country's Supreme Constitutional Court: Boulos (Paul) Fahmy Eskandar. Judge Eskandar is the first Coptic Christian to be appointed to this position – an occasion described by some as "historic." In doing so, President al-Sisi broke with the normal precedent of appointing the oldest serving member of the court as president.

In this new position, Judge Eskandar is effectively the highest judge in the country, leading a court that ultimately decides the constitutionality of Egypt's laws and regulations. In this Muslim-majority country, Christians have frequently faced difficulties, particularly related to blasphemy accusations and licensing for churches. It is hoped that the appointment of this new judge is a meaningful signal of change, demonstrating a commitment to equality by the current government. For more information relating to the challenges facing Christians in Egypt, go to our country report.

Praise God for His intervention in Egypt's recently appointed judicial leadership. May Judge Eskandar be granted wisdom and guidance as he endeavours to effectively initiate change and progress towards freedom and equality for all citizens. Furthermore, pray for the ongoing ministry of churches throughout the country as they continue to reach out to their neighbours with the Gospel of Peace.

Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
106,437,241 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Egyptian (99.7), other (0.3)

Religion (%)
Islam (90), Christianity (10)

Leader
President Abdelfattah Said El-Sisi (2014)

Government type
Presidential republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system based on Napoleonic civil and penal law, Islamic religious law, and vestiges of colonial-era laws

Source: World Factbook

Pray for Egypt

Pray on behalf of those who are facing economic and social challenges because of their Christian faith. Ask the Lord to provide for their spiritual and practical needs – further strengthening and emboldening them so they can effectively share the message of the Gospel with others in their communities. May the hearts of those who hear it be open and receptive to the wonderful truths contained in God’s Word.

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    Supreme Constitutional Court building
    Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt
    Photo: Wikipedia / Ahmad Badr (cc)

    On February 9th, the Egyptian president officially swore in the new head of the country's Supreme Constitutional Court: Boulos (Paul) Fahmy Eskandar. Judge Eskandar is the first Coptic Christian to be appointed to this positi

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  • Legalization of More Churches
    St. Markos Church in Cairo
    Photo: Flickr / Andrew A. Shenouda (cc)

    Until 2016, it was nearly impossible for churches in Egypt to obtain the required licensing to build or restore a building for worship. As a result, many structures were built without a license. With the passing of legislation in September 2016, a government

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  • Physically Disabled Christian Convert Beaten
    A mosque and a church in Egypt. - Photo: Flickr / David Evers
    Photo: Flickr / David Evers (cc)

    On March 17th, Brother "P" was lured from his house by neighbours and beaten because he had converted to Christianity. Due to a physical disability, he was unable to escape from his attackers, so fellow Christians came to his aid. As a result of their intervention,

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