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Egypt has first free election in centuries: Queen's University expert

2012-06-06

Queen’s University Middle East expert Houchang Hassan-Yari is available to talk about today’s historic elections in Egypt. These are the first free elections in centuries for the Egyptian people and stem from the uprising that saw protestors topple long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak 15 months ago.

“These are the first true elections Egypt has seen for centuries. During Mubarak’s era, the Egyptian president was voted on by Parliament. Mubarak had control of Parliament, so he was always elected. Today is the first time the Egyptian people can vote directly for the president. The election is not perfect at this point, but it is definitely an improvement on what Egyptians had before,” says Dr. Hassan-Yari.

Please note Dr. Hassan-Yari wishes to be identified in the media as a Middle East expert from both Queen’s University and Royal Military College.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca or Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or Anne.Craig@queensu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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