Bothaina Kamel
Bothaina Kamel (Egyptian Arabic: بثينة كامل‎‎; born in Cairo, 18 April 1962) is an Egyptian television anchor, activist, and politician. A long-time pro-democracy advocate, particularly in Shayfeencom, her professional career has been marked by repeated conflict with authorities. In June 2011 she announced her candidacy for the Egyptian presidency,[2] although she did not receive enough signatures to make the ballot.[3] She announced on 12 April 2014 that she would run in the 2014 presidential election[1] though she was unable to collect enough endorsements to run.[4]
Bothaina Kamel
Born18 April 1962 (age 59)
Cairo, Egypt
Alma materCairo University
Known forPolitical activist
Political partyIndependent
Constitution Party[1]
Kamel hosted an Egyptian radio program called Nighttime Confessions from 1992 to 1998. She later worked as a new presenter for Egyptian state television, and hosted a show called Please Understand Me on the Saudi Arabian-owned Orbit satellite TV network. In each assignment, she eventually encountered official resistance: Confessions was cancelled after outcries by religious conservatives; she took a leave of absence from Egyptian state television rather than participate in propaganda surrounding the 2005 elections; and Understand Me was taken off the air by the Saudi producers when they became concerned that its coverage of the 2011 Egyptian revolution would implicate Saudi interests.[2]
She has long been active in pro-democracy activities, often present a pro-democracy rallies, forming the election monitoring group Shayfeencom, in 2005, and immediately taking to the streets during the 2011 revolution.[2]
She is a self-described social democrat,[2] and ran as an independent. A Sunni Muslim, she has taken anti-sectarian stances, endorsing proposals for equal treatment of Coptic and Muslim places of worship and for trying those who incite sectarian violence.[2] Additionally, she wears a Muslim crescent and a Christian cross necklace both are symbols of Egyptian unity and also were the symbol of the 1919 Egyptian Revolution.[5] She criticized the military, rather than either sect, for sectarian clashes that have erupted in the wake of the revolution.[2] Other positions include reducing the minimum age of parliamentarians from 30 to 22 in view of the youth participation in the revolution.
  1. ^ a b "State TV news anchor announces bid for presidency". Mada Masr. 13 April 2014. Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Muslim Woman Seeks Egyptian Presidency". New York Times. 15 June 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Bothaina Kamel poised for second presidential run". Ahram Online. 13 April 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  4. ^ "A two horse race: Egypt's presidential elections". Ahram Online. 20 April 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Ex-presidential hopeful Bothaina Kamel attacked by 'Morsi supporters' - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online". english.ahram.org.eg. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
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