El-Wali says he was attacked while voting
Cairo – Islam Abou Zeid
Chairman of Egypt’s Journalists’ Union, Mamdouh el-Wali has revealed he was attacked while voting in syndicate elections in Cairo.
El-Wali described the attack as an “unprecedented incident,” adding that it was an issue for the union only.
The chairman revealed he had expected violence – following threats made against him on Thursday – but he insisted on attending to vote in elections, which will decide on a new chairman as well as six union board members. He was unapologetic, he said.
Reports suggest another journalist attacked el-Wali after he had placed his ballot. Supporters came to his aid, turning the union building into what he called “a scene from a battle.”
Election results are expected to be announced soon.