A woman succeeded to presidency in a major Egyptian political party over the weekend, marking a stunning turnaround for this traditionalist country. A caucus of the liberal Hizb el-Dostour, better known as the Constitution Party, upheld the nomination of Hala Shukrallah, who also served on its steering committee. Straight after her nomination, Hala Shukrallah spoke to the Voice of Russia’s Elena Suponina, President of the Center for Asia and the Middle East at the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, in her first interview with Russian media.
This nomination is a considerable leap forward for the Egyptian society, but it is particularly important in the light of the upcoming presidential polls in the country, since Ms. Shukrallah succeeded no other than a prominent Egyptian politician Mohamed ElBaradei. And if this wasn’t enough, the newly-elected party chief belongs to the country’s religious minority, the Copts.
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