Abdel Mohsen Salama was voted head of the Journalists Syndicate, the committee supervising syndicate elections announced on Friday evening.
Each of Hussein Al-Zanaty, Mohamed Kharaga and Gamal Abdel Rehim won as 'senior category' members, while Amr Badr, Mohamed Saad Abdel Hafiz and Ayman Abdel Meguid won as ‘regular category’ members.
Abdel Rehim garnered 1,182 votes; Kharaga gained 1,152 votes; while Al-Zanatywon 1,165 votes.
Badr gained 778 votes, Abdel Meguid, 673; and Abdel Hafiz, 831 votes.
Journalists Syndicate mid-term elections–in which the he Syndicate and six new board members are elected–took place on Friday after the quorum was reached.
Journalists arrived at the journalist headquarters at 10 am for registration to the general assembly. Police tightened security outside the premises, organizing the traffic around the cordoned off area. Qallash and Salama were also in attendance.
There was fierce competition between outgoing chief Yehia Qallash and Salama for the head post.
Upon winning the post, Salama spoke to Al-Masry Al-Youm, saying he will work hard on serving all journalists without discrimination, bringing back prestige to the syndicate and providing journalists with all the services needed, he promised.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm