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5th CTTC "The Ballot and the Box: Egypt's first day of Parliamentary Elections"

Nov 30, 2011 | 07:00 PM

with Ivesa Lübben (Philipps Universität Marburg), Dr. Dina Shehata (Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies), and Dr. Samer Soliman (AUC).

On November, 28 Egypt will start its first parliamentary elections in the post-Mubarak era. More than forty parties and over 1,400 individual candidates in Cairo alone are running for seats in the People’s Assembly. 10,000 judges shall supervise the pooling stations. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and political parties struggled for a long time over the new rules of the game, finally combining the old individual candidacy system with a party list system. What results is this new system going to generate? How are the various candidates and parties going to perform? And what do voters expect when casting their ballot? The 5th CTTC addresses these questions by looking at the first day of elections. It discusses the first trends and what they might mean for Egypt’s transformation process.

Ivesa Lübben is Lecturer at Philipps Marburg Universität. She has written extensively on moderate Islamist movements and elections in Egypt and the region and worked as free lance journalists for the media and political foundations.

Dr. Dina Shehata is a Senior Researcher at Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies. She obtained her PhD at Georgetown University and has written “Islamists and Secularists in Egypt” (Routledge, 2009).

Dr. Samer Soliman is Associate Professor of Political Economy at the American University in Cairo. He wrote “The autumn of dictatorship” (Stanford 2011) and is a founding member of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party.


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Press release (in German)

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Time & Location

Nov 30, 2011 | 07:00 PM

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Cairo Office, 11, Sh. Salah Ayoub, Zamalek, Cairo