Christian Activist Becomes First Woman to Lead a Political Party In Egypt

Hala Shukrallah

A leading Christian activist has been elected to steer the helm of Egypt’s major liberal Constitution Party, becoming the conservative country’s first woman to lead a political party.

Hala Shukrallah, a development expert, gained 108 out of the 203 votes at the first congress of the Constitution Party, which was established by Egyptian Nobel laureate Mohammad Al Baradei more than a year ago.

Hala’s closest rival, former TV host Jamila Esmail, got 58 votes in the elections held Friday in Cairo.

Educated in Canada and Britain, Hala, 60, is a major advocate of religious freedom. She has cofounded the non-governmental group, the Egyptian Association against Religious Discrimination.

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SOURCE: Gulf News
Ramadan Al Sherbini