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Editorial supervisor, Dr. Helmy Guirguis
 
Dr. Helmy Guirguis 71, the president of the UK Copts, passed away on the 31 of January, 2015 after a struggle with illness. UK Copts mourns its founder and leader. He is a leader that touched so many by his life and has been fighting for the coptic case till his last breath. The commemoration mass for his 40th day will be held on Sunday 15th of March, 2014 starting 8 AM in Saint Mary and Saint Mark Coptic Orthodox Centre of Birmingham (Lapworth) .For commiserations, please send us an email to info@copts.co.uk

U.S. troubled by reports Egypt police stopped voting

Egypt's ruling party won 69 out of 88 seats outright in Monday's election while the opposition Muslim Brotherhood got none, according to an Egyptian government statement.


The Brotherhood, rights groups and journalists reported voting irregularities including multiple voting and ballot stuffing. In some places where the Islamists hold a strong popular base, police denied voters access to polling stations.

"We've seen the reports and they are troubling," U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters. "They are of deep concern."

The elections, for half of the elected seats in the Shoura Council, were a test case for constitutional and legislative changes banning religious slogans and symbols as Egypt prepares for a transition of power from aging President Hosni Mubarak.

The banning of religious slogans and symbols is seen as a way to drive the Islamists out of mainstream politics.

U.S. President George W. Bush has stressed the promotion of democracy and human rights during his second term but has been accused of softening his criticism of allies such as Egypt because he needs their support in Iraq.

McCormack said the United States raised its concerns about democratic reform with Egypt in a respectful way and said Egypt would embrace these at its own pace.

"They will adapt democratic freedoms, greater freedoms, within their political and economic systems in their own way." the U.S. spokesman said. "But it's important that they do continue to make progress."

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