First blind Egyptian parliamentarian pledges to defend the rights of those with disabilities

Ahram Online, Tuesday 31 Jan 2012

Wageeh El-Shimy will seek membership of constitution drafting commission in order to ensure that Egyptians with disabilities are accorded their due rights

Wageeh El-Shimy
Wageeh El-Shimy (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Wageeh El-Shimy, Egypt's first-ever blind parliamentarian, has vowed to defend the rights of the handicapped through the People’s Assembly.

El-Shimy, of the Salafist Nour Party, is aiming to be selected as a member of the commission that will draft the country's new constitution. Should he succeed, El-Shimy intends to use his position on the commission to defend the rights of people with disabilities.

El-Shimy first came to public attention when a picture of him sat in the first session of the People's Assembly appeared to show him sleeping, prompting many sarcastic comments on social media sites.

It was only after "We Are All Khaled Said" Facbeook page pointed out that El-Shimy is in fact blind that the catcalls ended.

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