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Muslim, Christian leaders back Egypt transition

Reuters

July 3, 2013 | 12:34 pm

Protesters, who are against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, react in Tahrir Square in Cairo on July 3. Photo by Suhaib Salem/Reuters

Protesters, who are against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, react in Tahrir Square in Cairo on July 3. Photo by Suhaib Salem/Reuters

Egypt's leading Muslim and Christian clerics backed an army-sponsored roadmap on Wednesday which suspended the constitution and called for early presidential and parliamentary elections.

Ahmed al-Tayeb, Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Cairo's ancient seat of Muslim learning, and Pope Tawadros, the head of the Coptic Church, both made brief statements following an announcement by the head of the armed forces that deposed the elected president, Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Tawadros said the plan offered a political vision and would ensure security for all Egyptians, about 10 percent of whom are Christian.

Reporting by Yasmine Saleh; Editing by Alastair Macdonald

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