Last Update 21:52
Monday, 26 August 2019

Former US President Carter describes Egyptian women’s parliamentary share a 'disappointment'

Former US President Jimmy Carter told a Cairo-based press conference Friday that too few women made it into Egypt's post-revolutionary parliament

Ahram Online, Saturday 14 Jan 2012
Carter
Jimmy Carter (Photo: Reuters)
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1179
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1179

Former US President Jimmy Carter told a Cairo-based press conference Friday that women’s share of seats in Egypt’s incoming parliament was a disappointment.

“I see here in the results of the (parliamentary) election that women are deprived of an equal opportunity to serve in the government,” he said while presenting the Carter Centre's findings in the first post-revolution parliamentary ballot.

Women’s representation in the parliament will not exceed one per cent, Carter says. Therefore new measures have to be implemented to ensure that women would have “adequate involvement in the future political process.”

Egyptian law stipulates that each electoral list must include a certain percentage of women, but that did not guarantee them a fair share of seats, with some parties putting female candidates at the bottoms of their lists, such as the Salafist Al-Nour Party.

Apart from a negligible percentage of seats for women, Carter said the elections witnessed some irregularities spotted by a number of observers, the most frequent of which was the use of religious slogans, whether Islamic of Coptic.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) and Al-Nour Party, the first and second biggest winners in the elections respectively, were both accused of using Islamic slogans to promote themselves.

The Free Egyptians Party, on the other hand, was linked to Copts and the church authority, having been founded by business tycoon Naguib Sawiris.

When asked about the peace treaty with Israel, Carter assured that Islamist parties would honour it. “All of the parties involved [in the elections] have expressed eagerness to continue with the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt,” Carter told reporters.

Carter, who was directly involved in the 1978 and 1979 Camp David Accords that led to Egypt's peace treaty with Israel, said the agreements had two parts: peace with Israel and the guarantee of Palestinian rights. About the first part, Carter said, “that part of the accords has been basically approved and honoured.” But, “the rights of Palestinians have been violated with sometimes tacit approval from Washington and also from Cairo,” Carter explained.

“All of the political parties and presidential candidates with whom I have met assured me that both aspects of the Camp David Accords will be honoured in the future.” “When I questioned the Salafists about this, they assured me they had no intention of rejecting the peace agreement,” Carter said.

Both Al-Nour Party and the Brotherhood’s FJP announced they would respect the Camp David Treaty.

In 1979, Egypt became the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel.

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.