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Egypt Wants Qur'an Doctrine in Law: Poll

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TEHRAN, April 26 (ICANA) – Egyptian Coptic Christians and Muslims raise a cross and the Holy Qur'an in Cairo's Tahrir Square during anti-government protests which began in January.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 7:15:23 PM
Egypt Wants Qur'an Doctrine in Law: Poll

A majority of Egyptians believe laws in their country should be based on the teachings of Islam's holy book, the Quran, a new opinion poll has revealed.

The survey conducted by US-based Pew Research Center reflects deep Islamic roots within the Egyptian community and a shift towards religious conservatism, the Associated Press reported.

The poll's results, which came out on Monday, also indicate that most Egyptians prefer having religious parties included in any future government.

Some 54 percent of those surveyed also want an end to their country's 32-year peace treaty with Tel Aviv that made Egypt the first Arab country to recognize Israel.

The poll also found that 79 percent of Egyptians have an unfavorable view of the United States and 64 percent say they have little or no confidence in US President Barrack Obama.

The recent findings come ahead of the September balloting -- the first parliamentary elections since Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's ouster in February.

The poll surveyed 1,000 Egyptians countrywide between March 24 and April 7.

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