A vast majority of Egyptians are positive about the direction of their country and overwhelmingly pleased with the resignation of Hosni Mubarak. Yet, 65 percent are unsure on which party to vote for in the parliamentary elections scheduled for September. The results of the Egypt poll are released by the International Republican Institute (IRI).
Following the official opening and the conference on Egypt and Tunisia on 26 May, DIPD organised a seminar on 27 May to discuss some of the challenging issues of the new multiparty system unfolding in Egypt. Guests from Egypt and the international community working within the field of political party support participated.
The process of democratisation presently unfolding in North Africa and the Middle East was the theme of the conference immediately following the official launch of DIPD. Guests from Egypt and Tunisia provided first hand impressions of the situation – and the role that could possibly be played by external actors like DIPD.
DIPD was officially launched in an event at the Danish Parliament on 26 May 2011. In connection with the opening, DIPD presented its Strategy for 2011-13: “Political Parties in a Democractic Culture” that will guide the institute’s work and cooperation with partners.
Political parties in Egypt may need to build their skills in forming alliances in order to gain influence in a new democratic setting, says Dr. Fatma Khafagy, who is a prominent women’s rights activist as well as a founding member of one of Egypt’s new parties. For years Dr. Fatma Khafagy has advocated the respect […]
Engaging the young people in the political shaping of Egypt will be crucial for the success of the revolution, says Fathy Abou Hatab, Egyptian journalist and managing editor. The question is how to do this, he says in this interview. As the youngest panellist invited to speak at the DIPD opening conference: “The future of […]
Egypt needs a crash course in how to do politics, Says Gamal Soltan. He encourages Danish parties to provide support, but this has to be done in subtle ways during the very difficult time of transition in Egypt. The Director of Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo, Dr. Gamal Abdel Gawad Soltan […]
In a DIPD seminar on the role of political parties in Egypt, on 27 May in Copenhagen, Dr. Fatemah Khafagy pointed to the Women’s Charter as an example of how women in Egypt are being pro-active in defining their role in the future Egypt. EGYPTIAN WOMEN’S CHARTER EGYPTIAN WOMEN: PARTNERS IN THE REVOLUTION AND IN […]
In this article – written in Danish for a Danish audience – the Chairman and the Director argue that the spirit of democracy has left the bottle in countries in North Africa and the Middle East, and political parties will play a critical role in developing a democratic culture. Institut for Flerpartisamarbejde åbner den 26. […]
Institutional reform is key to a sustainable transition to democracy in the Middle East and North Africa, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay stressed in her opening statement at the 17th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva today