Presidential contestant Ali doesn't rule out female defence, interior ministers

Ahram Online, Sunday 6 May 2012

In televised comments Saturday, presidential candidate Khaled Ali said he supports the notion of female appointments to sensitive security-related govt portfolios

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Egyptian presidential hopeful, lawyer and rights activist Khaled Ali (Photo: Reuters)

Egyptian presidential hopeful Khaled Ali on Saturday said he was not opposed to the appointment of women to sensitive positions of state, such as minister of defence or interior.

In comments made on Egypt’s CBC satellite television channel, Ali also asserted that Egypt was “suffering” from its police force. He said that the country was currently suffering from an ongoing security vacuum and called for the position of interior minister to be occupied by someone with a civilian, non-police background.

Ali went on to call for better pay for police personnel, along with parliamentary supervision for security apparatuses, including the police. He also argued for the dismantlement of the State Security apparatus, saying that police should focus on providing public security rather than spying on the citizenry.  

A prominent lawyer and activist, Ali has made a name for himself over the last two decades promoting social justice and defending the rights of workers, peasants and students.

Ali announced his intention to run for president in March. His campaign emphasises the need to realise outstanding goals of the revolution, achieve social equity, redistribute wealth and guarantee civil liberties.

Presidential elections will take place on 23 and 24 May, with a runoff vote slated for 16 and 17 June in the event that no single candidate wins an outright majority. Egypt’s new president will be formally named on 21 June.

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