Egypt’s new Coptic pope said Monday the constitution now being drafted will not be acceptable if it is overtly religious, a sign he would campaign with his Christian minority and secular groups against increasing Islam’s role in the new charter.

In an interview aired Monday, a day after he was selected patriarch of Egypt’s Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II said the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak last year has opened the way for a larger Coptic public role.

He said as pope, he will encourage the Christian community to participate more in political and public life, as well as elections. He charged that the country’s Christian minority has been “intentionally” marginalized for years.

“After tens of years of marginalization and fake democracy, this has made some Copts isolated,” he said in the interview aired on the private TV station ONTV.

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