Egypt announced amendment to constitution to extend voting rights to citizens abroad

On November 2, 2011, the chairman of the High Commission of Elections, Judge Abdel Moaz Ibrahim, announced that Egypt would amend its constitution to allow citizens living abroad vote in parliamentary elections. This amendment would allow citizens abroad to vote at embassies and consulates, supervised by diplomats rather than judges. The country held its first elections since the ousting of former president Hosni Mubarak on November 28, 2011. There was much discussion surrounding the election, including the passage of a law that banned anyone found guilty of corruption from participating in politics. Bans have also been lifted regarding political parties with religious foundations.


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