Egypt said on Wednesday it was considering drafting new laws to criminalise sectarian violence and ease restrictions on building churches, four days after 12 people died in inter-faith clashes.

The cabinet said in a statement it would also ban protests and gatherings outside places of worship and forbid the use of religious slogans by political parties, particularly during elections.

The sectarian clashes represent a challenge for Egypt’s new military rulers, under pressure to impose security and revive the economy while seeking to avoid tough security tactics against Islamists employed by the former regime.

The cabinet statement said it had set up a committee to draw up the new regulations including “a unified law for building of places of worship”.

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