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Are Egypt’s clerics key to solving water crisis?

Mosques and churches in Egypt are raising awareness of the rationalization of water use, but Egyptians are divided over their involvement.
A balloon is seen above the Nile River as boats wait for tourists in the port city of Luxor, south of Cairo, Egypt December 14, 2016. Picture taken December 14, 2016. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh - RC155D167990
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Prior to becoming Egypt's president, then-Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met July 3, 2013, with representatives of the political forces to agree on the steps to oust President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood from rule. The meeting was also attended by Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the grand imam of Al-Azhar, as well as Pope Tawadros II, the pope of Alexandria and patriarch of the See of St. Mark.

Despite the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is seen by many in Egypt as an anti-civil movement seeking to establish a religious state, religious institutions are still very much present in every strategy or plan set forth by the state, the latest being the strategy of rationalization of water use.

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