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Hala Shukrallah succeeds ElBaradei as head of Constitution Party
The 59 year old has become the first woman and Copt to serve as the president of a major political party
Ahram Online , Friday 21 Feb 2014
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Newly elected Head of Constitution Party Hala Shukrallah (Photo: Al-Ahram)

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.





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Be_Reasonable
26-03-2014 07:41pm
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Good News
Excellent news - she speaks well and looks trustworthy - and women always have the appearance of being less corruptible than men! I hope she will be able to surround herself with the most able and attuned younger members of Egyptian society. All the best to her! I hope I will not be disappointed. From an anglophone Canadian with links to Egyptian academia!
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Social Justice
23-02-2014 04:20pm
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Likely a good leader
This person has a good choice of leading this party toward an important future. A great number of the Dostour members are keen on freedom and the goals of the revolution, as well as having in past times opposed the terroristic Mubarak and his NDP.
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mona el saghir
23-02-2014 03:20pm
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time to apply what was agreed from all world conference on women in Beijing
As it's stated in UN Report that: In 1995, at the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, 189 nations agreed to an ambitious Platform for Action that called for the “full and equal AS IT'S participation of women in political, civil, economic, social and cultural life.” At this conference, Secretary Clinton memorably declared that “human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, once and for all.” It's really great for Egypt to jump and to apply what we're badly in need from 1995 to gain the equality for women in political ,cultural economical...........life.
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mona el saghir
23-02-2014 02:11pm
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equal opportunities
Bravooooooooooo.............congratulation Hala It's really great and this is consider to be the 1 st step to equal opportunities in EGYPT ,frankly to say we're all proud of you ,as we all know together we 're strong and we will never go wrong and no fake election any more . GOD BLESS OUR GREAT EGYPT
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abdulrahman
23-02-2014 04:05am
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Failure From The Start
El Baradei was rejected by popular votes and perhaps now in exile regretting his undemocratic methods in Egyptian politics. He should come back to stand for election again and not leave to this successor who will fail more miserably than him. However, El Sisi will make her as a minister after he becomes President.
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Khofo, Giza
23-02-2014 03:14am
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egyptian Queen
I am proud of you. Make sure to include men too and have good mix to force your political will and protect the constitution from criminals.
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Aladdin, egypt
23-02-2014 03:13am
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what a Girl
Go for it honey. You will gain power as swing vote for women best interest. Tahya Misr
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Farhan
22-02-2014 12:52pm
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Where is ElBaradei ?
He destroyed the Egypt and now he is hiding.
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