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Egypt electoral law a step toward justice for women

In an interview with Al-Monitor, veteran diplomat Mervat Tallawy talks about women in the Egyptian parliament and the long road that they still have ahead to reach equitable leadership positions.
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The Egyptian electoral law allocated 56 parliamentary seats to women in addition to 14 others appointed by the president, ensuring that 70 women would reach the parliament. The law allows women to compete for all individual seats in order to guarantee them proper representation in parliament.

As a result, in the first round of parliamentary elections held on Oct. 17 and 18 outside Egypt and on Oct. 19 and 20 within the country, women succeeded in winning five individual seats in addition to the 28 gained through their inclusion on electoral lists.

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