Egypt's Dostour Party elects Khaled Dawood as new chairman

Ahram Online , Wednesday 25 Jan 2017

Political activist and journalist Khaled Dawood has been elected as the new leader of the liberal Dostoor Party

Khaled Dawood
New Dostour Party leader Khaled Dawood (Photo:Ahram Online)

Egypt's Dostour Party announced on Wednesday that it has elected well-known journalist, leftist activist and party co-founder Khaled Dawood as its new president.

The party said in a statement that Dawood won uncontested, as other potential candidates did not meet the requirements necessary to run for the leadership position.

Dawood has been the party’s spokesperson since 2012.

The liberal Dostour Party was founded in April 2012 by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohamed ElBaradei.

In February 2014, the party elected veteran leftist activist Hala Shukrallah as its president.

Shukrallah resigned her post in August 2015 over divisions within the party, leaving the organisation leaderless till now.

In 2013, the party supported the movement to oust Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

However, Dostour boycotted the latest parliamentary elections in 2015, citing an unfavourable atmosphere for political work as a reason.

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