Hala Shukrallah succeeds ElBaradei as head of Constitution Party
Read Ahram Online's interview with Hala Shukrallah here.
Hala Shukrallah won the liberal Constitution Party's elections on Friday to succeed Mohamed ElBaradei as the party's president.
Shukrallah won 108 out of 189 votes to become the first woman and Copt to head an Egyptian political party.
Hala Shukrallah was born in 1954. She is the director of the Development Support Center for consultancy and training, a consultancy firm providing support and assistance to civil society organizations.
Shukrallah's opponents, former TV host Gamila Ismail and physician Hossam Abdel-Ghafar - both also founding members - won 57 and 23 votes respectively. Two votes were spoilt.
ElBaradei resigned as party head when he was appointed vice president following the ouster of Mohamed Morsi on 3 July. He resigned this post to register his objection to the violent dispersal of the pro-Morsi Rabaa Al-Adawiya protest camp which left hundreds dead.
ElBaradei posted on Twitter on Friday, encouraging the youth and calling on them to stay united against "ignorance, extremism and oppression.”
Party member Sayed Kassem has been acting as interim head since July.
The party has seen public divisions and mass resignations since its founding head resigned.
Many members resigned as the party came under fire for El-Baradei's opposition to the violent dispersal of Rabaa.
Another major dispute was over the appointment, rather than election, of the party's current senior leaders.
The party attracted support of a number of young revolutionaries when it was founded by ElBaradei in 2011 after the revolution.
- Surge in sexual abuse by Egypt authorities, report says
- Egyptian activist Mahinour El-Masry arrested again
- WLUML Networker Kholoud El-Sayed to Speak at TEDxSuezCanalUniversity
- Egypt: Women's rights activist among 17 facing spurious charges in security forces' 'cover up'
- Egypt: update 18 dead, 52 injured on January 25 anniversary
- Egypt: Judicial harassment of Ms. Azza Soliman
- Over 220 Global Organizations Call for Immediate Release of Seven Imprisoned Women Human Rights Defenders in Egypt
- Send your support to Yara Sallam and other human rights defenders imprisoned in Egypt
- URGENT: Join the international campaign against Egypt’s repressive protest law!
- Arbitrary Arrests and Detention of Women Human Rights Defenders
- Reclaiming the Streets for Women’s Dignity: Effective Initiatives in the Struggle against Gender-Based Violence in between Egypt’s Two Revolutions
- The Politics of Mobilising for Gender Justice in Egypt from Mubarak to Morsi and Beyond
- Egypt: #noprotestlaw campaign abridged toolkit
- No Democracy without Women's Equality: Middle East and North Africa
- Egypt: Combined sixth and seventh periodic reports to CEDAW