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Gamal Essam El-Din


Amended Draft of Egyptian Constitution To Be Announced 'Very Soon'

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The amended draft of Egypt’s 2012 constitution will be announced Thursday or next Saturday, said Ali Awad, the head of a ten-member technical committee entrusted with amending the national charter. This draft is being revised to be issued in its initial form and before it is finally discussed by a fifty-member committee representing all sectors of Egyptian society," Awad told parliamentary correspondents Wednesday. Responding to mixed press reports about the changes ...

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Egypt's New President and the Military: Who's in Command?

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An emergency meeting of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) is expected very soon to issue an appendix to last year’s Constitutional Declaration with the objective of establishing political arrangements for the coming period. Informed sources say that SCAF leaders have held a series of intensive meetings with groups of constitutional law professors in recent days to tackle two urgent issues: detailing the powers and duties of the new president; and forming ...

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How Did Mubarak's Last PM Make It To Egypt's Second Round of Presidential Elections?

[A woman next to a ballot box. Image originally posted to Flickr by Zeinab Mohamed.]

Egypt’s landmark presidential race looks to be headed to a decisive run-off round between Mohamed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate, and Ahmed Shafiq, a veteran loyalist to the regime of ousted president Hosni Mubarak and with strong ties to the military. While it was highly expected that Mursi would make it to the second round, or even win the first round, because of the firm support of millions of Muslim Brotherhood members and other Islamist elements, the same was ...

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The Brotherhood's FJP Aims for Further Electoral Wins

[A veiled woman casts her vote at a polling station during the second day of ] elections at village of Kafr el-Moseilha. Photo Credit: Reuters.]

The Freedom and Justice Party looks back at landslide victories in the first two stages of parliamentary elections, and looks forward to similar victories in the final stage. As many as 2,000 candidates are expected to contest the third – and final – stage of the parliamentary elections, scheduled to take place on 3 and 4 January in nine governorates. These nine governorates – out of a total of 27 –  span Qalioubiya, Gharbiya, Daqahliya, Qena, Minya, South Sinai, ...

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Islamist Parties Braced to Pick Up More Seats in Egypt's 2nd-Round Runoffs

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Runoff elections for the second round of Egypt’s first post-Mubarak parliamentary polls kicked off on Wednesday and will wrap up on Thursday. Initial voter turnout rates in the early hours of Wednesday’s polling appeared modest, but are expected to rise in the afternoon.  Overall, 118 independent candidates – competing for fifty-nine individual seats – qualified to compete in the runoffs. Voters on Wednesday will also cast ballots for party lists in three ...

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Brotherhood's FJP Secures Forty Percent of the Vote in First Round of Egypt's Elections

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Initial results for the first stage of parliamentary polling show the Muslim Brotherhood's FJP receiving forty percent of the vote, followed by Salafist parties and the liberal Egyptian Bloc. Leaders of Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) announced on Thursday that their party received almost forty percent of the votes in the first round of Egypt’s first post-Mubarak parliamentary polls. “This good performance means the FJP is capable of obtaining a ...

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Egypt's Polls to Kick Off Amid Unrest and Division

[Campaign banners and signs for Egypt's first elections after 25 January 2011.]

Egypt’s first post-Mubarak parliamentary polls open Monday amid severe political divisions and street protests against the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) and its embattled government. The first stage of elections, which will last until 5 December, includes nine governorates: Cairo, Alexandria, Fayyum, Assiut, Luxor, the Red Sea, Port Said, Damietta and Kafr El-Sheikh. Of the 168 seats up for grabs in the first round, 56 will go to independents and ...

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Final Court Decision: Mubarak's Party to Compete in Egypt's Coming Elections

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After conflicting judgements from lower courts, a final higher court verdict has ruled that former NDP members could not be banned from competing in the upcoming elections. With Egypt’s first post-revolution parliamentary elections two weeks away, the battle lines have started to become clear. In addition to Islamists and secularists, the loyalists of former president Hosni Mubarak’s defunct ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) are set to be a major force. Unlike ...

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With Polls Around Corner, Egypt Gripped by Election Fever

[A photo showing Gamila Ismail, a leading figure in the democracy movement in Egypt. Image from Ahram Online]

More than 15,000 candidates - including numerous holdovers from the former ruling NDP - have registered to take part in Egypt's upcoming parliamentary races. With electoral campaigns scheduled to begin on Tuesday, more than 15,000 candidates are gearing up to vie for seats in Egypt's first post-Mubarak parliament. By the time the official candidacy registration period ended on Monday, a record number of would-be candidates had registered for next month’s polls for the ...

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Gamal Essam El-Din


Gamal Essam El-Din writes for Egypt's Ahram Online.