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Ziad Al-Eleimi Ziad Al-Eleimi is a founding member of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party. He is also a lawyer, human rights activist, founding, and leading member of the Revolution’s Youth Coalition (RYC). Before the Revolution Al-Eleimi’s involvement in politics began early in his life, being the son of Ekram Yousef, a prominent student activist in the politically turbulent 1970s. Thus, by his teenage years, Al-Eleimi was already involved in social and political ...Keep Reading »
Amr Hamzawy Born in 1968, Amr Hamzawy is an Egyptian political scientist and activist. He is the founder of the liberal Egypt Freedom Party, established in the aftermath of Egypt’s January 25 Revolution. Until February 2011, Hamzawy was a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, serving as research director at the organization’s Beirut office. His research focuses on issues of political reform and political Islamist movements in the Middle East. ...Keep Reading »
Osama Al-Ghazali Harb A veteran politician, Osama Al-Ghazali Harb, born in 1947, is one of the founders of Egypt’s liberal-leaning Democratic Front Party. After graduating from Cairo University’s faculty of economics and political science in 1969, he began his journalistic career working for the state-owned Al-Gomhorriya newspaper and Al-Kateb magazine. In 1977, he moved to the Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies to work as a researcher and in 1990 replaced ...Keep Reading »
Mustafa Al-Naggar Mustafa Al-Naggar is former general coordinator of the campaign supporting presidential hopeful Mohamed ElBaradei. After the January 25 Revolution, he helped form Al-Adl Party. Al-Naggar also runs the popular blog, “I am with them,” and, since 2007, has been actively blogging about human rights and civil liberties in Egypt. Mustafa Al-Naggar is former general coordinator of the campaign supporting presidential hopeful Mohamed ElBaradei. After the ...Keep Reading »
Yasser Borhami Yasser Hussein Borhami is a prominent Salafist preacher and deputy leader of Al-Daawa Movement (Al-Da‘waa Al-Salafiyyai), a Salafist movement that spawned Al-Nour Party in 2011. Borhami was born in 1958 in Kafr Al-Dawar in the northern governorate of Beheira, and his father, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), was imprisoned under Nasser in 1965. Borhami graduated from Alexandria University with a degree in medicine in 1982 and earned a master’s degree ...Keep Reading »
Naguib Sawiris The eldest of three prominent Coptic Christian brothers at fifty-six years of age, Naguib Sawiris first began investing in Egypt’s nascent telecom industry in the early 1990s. This strategy soon made him the first billionaire in his family. The telecom magnate joined family-owned Orascom in 1979. Sawiris has continuously contributed to the growth of the firm, which today represents one of Egypt’s largest and most diversified conglomerates. Orascom Telecom ...Keep Reading »
Al-Sayed Al-Badawi Al-Sayed Al-Badawi Shehata (known as Al-Sayed Al-Badawi) is the current leader of Al-Wafd party. Al-Badawi, a business tycoon, has been on Al-Wafd's Higher Committee since 1989. He was Al-Wafd’s Secretary General before being elected to the party’s leadership in 2010. Graduating from the University of Alexandria’s faculty of pharmacy in 1973, Al-Badawi entered the pharmaceuticals industry, where he was able to make a substantial fortune. He ...Keep Reading »
Mamdouh Hamza Prominent engineer and industrialist Mamdouh Hamza played a key role during Egypt’s January 25 Revolution. Hamza is likely to continue influencing the political scene for the foreseeable future due to his close ties with various youth groups. Born in Damietta, Egypt, in 1947, Hamza graduated from Cairo University's Faculty of Engineering and went on to obtain a doctorate in mechanics and civil engineering from London's Imperial College. In 1979, he founded ...Keep Reading »
Mohamed Al-Beltagy Born in 1963, Mohamed Ibrahim Al-Beltagy is a leading member of Egypt’s influential Muslim Brotherhood (MB) movement and secretary general of the Freedom and Justice Party, the MB’s political arm. A medical doctor by profession, Al-Beltagy served as a Brotherhood Member of Parliament from 2005 to 2010.During his tenure as an MP, he forcefully challenged the government’s performance on numerous issues, including a controversial ferryboat accident, the ...Keep Reading »
Abul Ela Madi Born in 1958 in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Minya, Abul Ela Madi is Al-Wasat Party’s leader and one of its most prominent cofounders. He graduated in 1984 from Minya University with a degree in engineering and earned a law degree in 2008. After defecting from Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood (MB) movement in 1996, he went on to form Al-Wasat Party, commonly known as an Islamist party with a “moderate” interpretation of Islamic divine texts. After several ...Keep Reading »
Amin Iskandar Amin Iskandar is a founding member of the recently licensed Al-Karama ("Dignity") Party and is known for his nationalist and Nasserist tendencies. Born in 1952, Iskandar is a writer and researcher and published a number of writings on Egyptian and Arab politics. Before the Revolution Iskandar was formerly a member of the Nasserist Party, but his membership was frozen in 1998 after he, along with other members of his generation, fell out ...Keep Reading »
Mohamed Al-Qasas A former member of the influential Muslim Brotherhood (MB), Mohamed Al-Qasas is one of the main founders of the Egyptian Current Party (Al-Tayyar Al-Masry). He is widely known for his prominent role within the MB’s youth wing, of which he was a leading member. After the revolution, Al-Qasas was one of the MB’s first activists to defy its leadership’s decision to forbid members from joining any political party other than the recently licensed Freedom and ...Keep Reading »
Hossam Badrawi Hossam Badrawi is a former member of the defunct National Democratic Party (NDP) and served as the former ruling party’s secretary-general during President Hosni Mubarak’s last days in office. He is also founder of the Union Party, widely seen as one of several NDP offshoots that emerged following the dissolution of the party in April 2011. Badrawi was born in Cairo in 1953 to a well-established family traditionally affiliated with Egypt’s liberal ...Keep Reading »
Mohamed Abul-Ghar Mohamed Abul-Ghar is the head of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, which he co-founded with other activists and public figures after the January 25 Revolution. In 1962, Abul-Ghar graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at Cairo University and obtained his PhD in 1969, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. Besides his teaching post at Cairo University, Abul-Ghar pursued an active career in scientific research. He established Egypt’s first ...Keep Reading »
These entries highlight the actors and figures involved in the Egyptian electoral landscape in the 2011 parliamentary elections.
As part of the Egypt Elections Watch (EEW), Jadaliyya and Ahram Online, with the Center of Contemporary Arab Studies (Georgetown University) and the Middle East Studies Program (George Mason University) as co-sponsors, will produce articles/posts/profiles on a weekly basis, covering organizations, political parties, coalitions, relevant laws and procedures, and profiles of key individuals related to the Egyptian elections. This is in addition to news updates summarizing major developments surrounding the lead-up to the election, such as emerging or shifting alliances, new political positions, and candidacy announcements. If you have questions, comments, contributions, and/or an eye-witness account, please email us at:firstname.lastname@example.org. For a listing of EEW’s team members please click here.
Egypt Elections Watch Team
Gamal Essam El-Din
Osman El Sharnoubi