A 73-year-old doctor, Nawal Saadawi, announced her plans to run for the presidency in Egypt. Saadawi stated that she is “going to stand in the presidential election not to win but to get the Egyptian people moving in favor of a reform of the constitution and to oppose corruption and American colonialism,” according to Agence France-Presse. However, because parliament chooses the one and only presidential candidate, Saadawi’s campaign is unlikely to have any legal standing, BBC News reports.
According to BBC News Saadawi has been imprisoned and censored for her outspoken feminist views on sex and religion. She is pushing for reform and wants to see a separation between religion and state, and the changing of laws to make them “fair to all,” saying they should not discriminate on the basis of “religion, ethnicity, social class, or profession,” Agence France-Presse reports.
Saadawi will be running against incumbent President Hosni Mubarak, who is expected to run again for his fifth term in office in the October 2005 election.
1/27/2016 Taiwan Elects First Woman President - In a landslide victory, the leader of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Tsai Ing-wen won the country's presidential election, becoming the first woman in Taiwan's history to hold the position.
Emphasizing her party's commitment to maintaining Taiwan's independence from China, Tsai won over young voters eager to usher in a political changing of the guard following some 70 years of dominance by the pro-Chinese unification party, the Kuomintang (KMT), chaired by presidential opponent Eric Chu. . . .