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Egyptians Vote in First Free Presidential Election

Posted on: Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Keywords: Middle East, Africa, Peace Building

On May 23 and 24, Egyptians took to the polls for the country's first free presidential election. Mohamed Morsi, chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party, and Ahmed Shafik, a former Prime Minister of Egypt, received the most votes and will contest a runoff election on June 16 and 17. 

It's been 15 months since former dictator Hosni Mubarak was ousted during a wave of popular uprisings that swept across the Middle East. Since then, Egypt has been under strict military rule, and political dissidents have reportedly faced a sharp rise in targeted violence.

These elections marked a momentous occasion in Egypt's history. They will be pivotal in determining the future of the country and its people, especially the women who worked so hard to bring about this change.

We've compiled a list of resources about the elections and what the outcomes might mean for the future of the country and for women's human rights in Egypt.


"Women Look for a Place in New Egypt," IPS (June 2, 2012)

Election News Round-Up,” Jadaliyya (May 28, 2012)

Egypt elections: Women need a champion,” CNN (May 23, 2012)

Egypt election candidates pay lip service to women's rights,” The National (May 22, 2012)

Top Egyptian feminist says 'nothing has really changed' since revolution,” The National (May 12, 2012)

Egypt Elections: Egyptians Head To The Polls To Pick A President For The First Time,” Huffington Post (May 23, 2012)

Egypt’s presidential election: an all-male affair,” IOL News (May 18, 2012)

Unrest is Growing in the Run-Up to Egypt’s Presidential Election,” The Nation (May 14, 2012)

Egypt’s Women Keep Showing Power in Protest,” Women’s eNews (May 11, 2012)

An insult to revolutionary Egypt,” The Guardian (April 19, 2012)

Egypt’s feminists prepare for a long battle,” Al Jazeera (February 7, 2012)

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