Egypt will hold elections for its upper and lower houses of parliament – the Shura Council and People's Assembly– beginning on November 28, 2011. This is the first parliamentary election to take place since the Egyptian Revolution in early 2011 and it promises to be an exciting new chapter for the Egyptian people. The members of parliament who win seats in this election will be responsible for drafting a new Egyptian constitution as well as normal government duties. View our new Spotlight Section on the elections here.
For the first time this year, Egyptians living abroad will be able to participate in national parliamentary elections. Each person must have a valid national ID card in order to vote and the registration process will continue from November 10 to November 19. Please visit the website of the Supreme Elections Council for more information or contact your nearest Egyptian consular section in the United States.
November 2, 2011
Official campaigning for Egypt's parliamentary election will begin on Wednesday and end on Nov. 26, two days before the first round of voting starts, the election commision said on Tuesday.
The elections are the first free polls in the Arab world's most populous state after decades of one-party rule under President Hosni Mubarak, who was toppled in a popular uprising in February. More than 50 parties are competing in the new electoral landscape.
November 2, 2011
By Marwa Awad
Egypt's ruling generals will ratify within days a law barring anyone found guilty of corruption from political life, a senior minister said on Monday, a move to curb the influence of ousted President Hosni Mubarak's former allies.
Wealthy people in Egypt were often members of Mubarak's now defunct National Democratic Party who used their political connections to advance family and business interests.
Egyptians who rose up against Mubarak's three-decade rule in January worry that his associates, some of whom are facing trial for graft and abuse of power, could be re-elected to the new parliament.
Journalists wishing to report on Egypt's historic parliamentary elections next month must do so through the Egyptian Press Office in Washington, DC. Provided below is a link to the media application form and our webpage providing general requirements for members of the press traveling to Egypt. Check our website in the coming months for more updates on the election process. Voting for the People's Assembly is scheduled to begin on November 28, 2011.
October 12, 2011
By Anwaar Abdalla
In 2008, breast cancer caused 458,503 deaths worldwide and is more than 100 times more common in women than men.
Helping to raise awareness, promote preventative well care and health care, and treatment and support, is World Breast Cancer Awareness month, October 2011.
While breast cancer is a global issue, in Egypt, the figure for people suffering from breast cancer is alarming. According to official statistics of the National Cancer Institute (Cairo University), breast cancer accounts for 35.1% of the cases of cancer in Egypt and is the most prevalent cancer among Egyptian women. In Egypt, the median age at diagnosis for breast cancer is ten years younger than in the United States and Europe.
Business Today Egypt
October 3, 2011
By Randa El Tahawy
Karim Helal, the former CEO of CI Capital, is known in the world of investment banking as a visionary for his key insights into the Egyptian market and his approach to banking and transactions.
After joining CI Capital in 2008, Helal launched the company’s first small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) fund in Egypt as well as the Look East Initiative that builds entrepreneurial ties between Egypt and the Far East.
“I always believed in SMEs — my whole approach was really to engrain the culture of integrity all the way in [its] relationship to banking,” he says.
Business Today Egypt
September 30, 2011
By Rana Kamaly
Visiting the Giza pyramids isn’t an easy trek. Before you get to enjoy the splendor of the ancient world, you must first traverse the governorate’s crowded streets, aggressive touts, polluted dike and ubiquitous piles of garbage. But imagine if you could take an idyllic boat ride on the Nile River instead, turning the onerous journey into one of quiet solitude on the water.
And that’s exactly what engineer and tourism consultant Amr Gawdat hopes to achieve thanks to a new initiative designed to help entrepreneurs and creative minds give back to Egypt in the wake of the revolution.
Amr Gawdat had this idea for years, but unfortunately under the previous regime it never saw the light of day. The idea is to clean and widen the Al-Mansouria Canal, which connects El-Bahr El-Aazam Street to El-Haram Street, as well as add a 300 meter waterway to the pyramids and it will cost $50 million (LE 298.55 million).
But with the help of a Bank El-Afkar, an innovation bank that collects and brokers deals for development projects, his idea is in the final stages of implementation.
September 29, 2011
By Omar Halawa
The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has signed former US team coach Bob Bradley to lead the Pharoahs, with the job comes the task of not only adopting to Egypt's soccer atmosphere, but also of turning fans' dreams into reality by qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
As he signed his contract with the EFA Saturday, 53-year-old Bradley told reporters he is aware of the "difficult mission" ahead and has a plan to form a new, strong team that is able to qualify for the 2014 championship in Brazil.
Soccer experts say achieving this will not be easy, despite Bradley's admirable record with the United States over the past five years, most notably qualifying for the final match of the 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa.
Bradley succeeds Hassan Shehata, one of Egypt's most renowned coaches, who led the team to three consecutive African Cup titles in 2006, 2008 and 2010.