Shukrallah first woman elected Egypt political party chief

Mona Mina head of doctors syndicate, also first woman and Copt

25 February, 19:52

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, FEBRUARY 25 - The election of the 59-year-old Coptic sociologist Hala Shukrallah as head of the Dostour ('Constitution') Party on Friday marks a first that can in some way be connected with that of the first female and Coptic head of the doctors syndicate: Mona Mina. Dr Mina is also known as a strong, decisive woman, who resigned from the post on February 9 saying that the ''ranks of the syndicate are divided and torn''. She retracted her resignation less than two weeks later following a general assembly vote of confidence. Having studied in Canada and Great Britain and worked as director of the Development Support Center, Hala Shukrallah was elected with 107 votes out of a total of 204 against her competitors, the journalist Gamila Ismail (57) and the physician Hossam Abdal-Ghaffar (239).

    ''This is a party that will be based on participation built on consensus,'' she underscored in a newspaper interview. ''We will develop it in several governorates. It will not be a party based in Cairo.'' In saying this, Shukrallah drew attention to one of the major weaknesses of other parties: a lack of attachment to the territory and population of rural areas, in which the Muslim Brotherhood have long predominated. (ANSAmed).

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