The Endowments Ministry has appealed to its employees not to run for the upcoming parliamentrary elections and to be "fully dedicated to their missionary message through pulpits and mosques."
The ministry warned its employees in a statement on Monday not to use their religious job titles for campaigning if they want to run in the elections. It added that legal measures would be taken against preachers who try to use their position to gain votes during the electoral campaign.
Preachers who do decide to run for parliament will be suspended from their religious duties until the elections are over, said Head of the Religious Sector of the Endowments Ministry Mohamed Abdel Razeq.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm