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Large turnout in second round of Egyptian elections

Megan Detrie for The National Dec 15, 2011 SUEZ CITY // When Ashraf Aly visited the polls yesterday to vote in the second round of Egypt’s parliamentary elections, he cast his ballot for the party he believes will form a civil, moderate government: the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP). “People can’t distinguish now […]

Egypt set to count the votes cast by expatriates in second round of elections

Megan Detrie for The National Dec 13, 2011 CAIRO // Egyptian embassies abroad will count absentee ballots today for the second round of parliamentary elections after polls closed yesterday. Their numbers will be added to the votes cast within Egypt tomorrow and Thursday. Of the estimated eight million Egyptians abroad, 350,000 registered to cast absentee ballots in […]

Protester to President?

Megan Detrie for The National Dec 3, 2011 Bothaina Kamel helped to topple Hosni Mubarak and now is the only female candidate trying to replace him as president of Egypt. Following the latest protests in Tahrir Square, the charismatic activist tells Megan Detrie about her time in jail and the latest unrest when Egyptian security […]

Among the TV gourmets, a taste of Egypt’s humble cuisine

Megan Detrie for The National Oct 12, 2011 Working from a small kitchen with plastic plates, tin pots and a propane gas stove, Ghalia Mahmoud has become an unlikely television star. The 33-year-old former maid is causing a stir in Egypt with her new cooking show Elsit Elghalya (Precious Woman), where Mahmoud has become a voice for […]