Sep 2, 2011

Coptic Christian Billionaire Seeks Egypt's Presidency

 Aimee Herd (September 1, 2011)
He has already founded the "Free Egyptian Party" in his bid.(Egypt)—The Egyptian Revolution began on January 25th of this year, marked by President Hosni Mubarak stepping down on February 11th, and still continues as a new government is formed.One of those figures who has thrown his hat in the ring to be the new president is Naguib Sawiris, a "billionaire telecom scion and art patron" according to a Forbes report. Sawiris is also a Coptic Christian who has already founded a new political party known as the "Free Egyptian Party." His goal is to establish a secular democratic government in Egypt.Money certainly won't be an issue in his run for office; Sawiris is number two on the billionaire list in Egypt—his father is at the top spot—and listed as #310 of Forbes Billionaires.Sawiris deeply appreciates cultural achievements and plans to build a national museum housing his own collection of contemporary and modern art.Coptic Christians in Egypt have suffered much violence and persecution especially in the last year, but Sawiris seems to be unafraid of the risks involved in seeking to be head of his country.Sawiris stated in an article cited by Art Newspaper that he "decided to be more focused on social and political work, aiming to play a role in the transformation of a post-revolution Egypt into a civil democracy."
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