Brotherhood backed El-Waly wins first post-revolution elections in Journalists' Syndicate

Ahram Online , Thursday 27 Oct 2011

The Journalists' Syndicate has a new board and chairman after the first free and fair internal elections in years

Journalist Mamdouh El-Waly has become the first post-revolution chairman of the Journalists' Syndicate after winning in elections that witnessed a large turnout. 

El-Waly got 1646 votes whereas his rival, journalist Yahia Qallash, got 1399 votes from 3101 total votes. Some 277 voters were found to be void.

El-Waly and Qallash have been members of the syndicate's board for many years. El-Waly is believed to be supported by the Muslim Brotherhood group, though he is not a member of the group. 

The syndicate's board election results were announced Wednesday night. The new syndicate's board is made up of 12 members, six of whom kept their seats while six are new members got in. 

This was the first election held at the Journalists' Syndicate without a regime candidate for a great many years. 

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