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Women’s quota sparks fierce competition ahead of PA elections

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: “The [women’s] quota [gave me the opportunity] to run as a representative of Assiut in the People’s Assembly (PA) because I’m competing against women,” Mona Al-Qurashi, member of the executive bureau of Al-Wafd Party and one of it’s MP candidates, told Daily News Egypt. “Before that, it has always been men representing …

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More resignations expected at Democratic Front Party, says former sec-gen

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Eighteen members from the Democratic Front Party (DFP) resigned on Tuesday due to differences with its leadership, which they described as undemocratic, according to former secretary general of the party, Margaret Azer. She said 28 more members had sent their resignation by fax and 85 more were expected to announce their resignation …

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MB questions role of gov’t officials as MPs

By Abdel-Rahman Hussein CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) has questioned the role of members of parliament and other government officials who are running in the People’s Assembly (PA) election in light of new regulations by the Ministry of Information regarding the television coverage granted to these representatives. Minister of Information Anas El-Fiqqi released a press statement …

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Rights coalition might abstain from monitoring ‘rigged’ elections

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: The Egyptian Coalition for Monitoring elections stated Tuesday that it will refrain from monitoring the elections if the government refuses to allow the supervision of civil society organizations or if the elections lack transparency. The coalition, which consists of 123 different human rights and development organizations, stated in a press conference on …

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Opposition leaders announce plans to combat fraud in parliamentary elections

By Heba Afify CAIRO: Opposition leaders said they expected foul play in the upcoming parliamentary elections and outlined their strategy to counter it during a conference held on Monday under the slogan “Elections in the Dark.” The conference was held by the National Association for Change at Al-Ghad Party’s headquarters. Wael Nawara, vice president of Al-Ghad …

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Al-Wafd Party decides to continue its PA election race

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Al-Wafd opposition party announced that it will continue its decision to run in the parliamentary elections, thereby ending speculations about a possible withdrawal from the elections in protest of what party officials have described as unfair treatment. Al-Wafd’s decision came after the Ministry of Information finally approved the party’s previously rejected TV …

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Egypt cancels licenses for TV satellite uplinks

By AP CAIRO: Egypt has revoked licenses for satellite television uplinks, the latest in an intensified crackdown on the media ahead of the country’s crucial parliamentary elections later this month. The state-owned MENA news agency says Information Minister Anas El-Fiqqi on Monday ordered all companies providing the service or television networks with uplinks to reapply …

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