Egypt's president to pick a woman and a Christian VPs

CNN reports that the new president of Egypt will select 2 vice presidents. One will be a woman and one will be a Christian:

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.

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If this indeed comes to pass, it will be an amazingly positive step not only for Egypt but as an example for other Middle Eastern countries. I hope it will.

Sarah Ridgway

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