Coptic Christians Form Political Party in Egypt

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CAIRO, Egypt - The political revolution that swept Egypt is settling into a political process.

Various groups are preparing for the campaign to elect a new government in the Fall -- and some of them represent Christians.

"Three new liberal political parties were recently registered in Egypt. The most popular is called the Free Egyptians Party, a group of Coptic Christians and secularists.

Many of the party's members are among the demonstrators who started the pro-democracy revolution in Egypy in January. Some 50,000 members have come on board within the last 45 days -- a rate of more than 1,000 supporters per day.

The Free Egyptians are now pushing their "Constitution First" campaign to have a new constitution drafted before the planned elections in September.

They fear once the elections are held, the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamists will gain most of the seats in Parliament. If that happens, the Brotherhood could draft Islamic Sharia law into the constitution -- which would mean more oppression for Egypt's Christians.

August marks the Islamic holy month of Ramadan when Muslims pray and fast.

During that time, young demonstrators are expected to take to the streets again in Cairo again to push the democracy revolution forward.

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