Gamila Ismail appointed organisational chief of Egypt's Constitution Party

Ahram Online , Wednesday 3 Apr 2013

Mohamed ElBaradei's liberal Constitution Party makes prominent activist Gamila Ismail head of party's Organisation Secretariat in advance of contentious internal elections

Gameela Ismail
Gameela Ismail (Photo: AO)


Political activist and former parliamentary candidate Gamila Ismail has been appointed organisational secretary of the Constitution Party, the liberal party announced on its official Facebook page Wednesday.

The organisation secretariat that Ismail will take charge of, the party added, will be tasked with drawing up a special committee to oversee internal party elections this summer.

The Constitution Party, which has drawn several of post-revolution Egypt's most prominent political and intellectual figures, has faced serious challenges in recent months, with a number of its leading members – including legal expert Hossam Eissa – tendering resignations.

As a result of reported internal conflicts between its old guard and younger members, the Constitution Party recently announced plans to bring internal elections forward to June, instead of September as had been previously planned.

According to a party statement released earlier, neither party founder Mohamed ElBaradei nor any other member of the party's old guard, will contest the upcoming polls so as to "give an opportunity to the party's young cadres." 

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