Saadawi For President

Egyptian author, doctor, and activist Nawal El Saadawi has announced she will run in next year’s presidential elections in Egypt.

She told AFP news agency she did not expect to win, but wanted to get the Egyptian people “moving” to vote on important issues facing the country.

If the 73-year-old’s candidacy goes forward, she would be the first woman to run for the presidency.

This is more of a symbolic move, of course, since, according to the article, the Egyptian constitution requires that a candidate be nominated by Parliament before being submitted to a referendum.

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