Morsi appoints Christian, woman as assistants

Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Morsi on Monday appointed a Coptic Christian intellectual and a woman university professor as presidential assistants, his spokesperson Yasser Ali announced.


Samir Morcos, a liberal Coptic writer engaged in the dialogue between Islam and Christianity, has been named "assistant for democratic transition," Ali said. Pakinam al-Sharkawi, a political science professor at Cairo University, was appointed "assistant for political affairs," he added. (AFP)