CAIRO: Yehia Qallash was announced Friday night as the new head of the Journalist’s Syndicate during mid-term election, with 1,948 votes according to Youm7.
The previous head Diaa Rashwan, ran against Qallash lost with about 1,079 votes.
Shortly after being announced as the Syndicate head, Qallash announced that he would open stalled cases related to members, and care for all journalists “without discrimination.”
A number of editors-in-chief congratulated Qallash on his win, Youm7 reported.
The elections that took place Friday were scheduled originally March 6; however they it were delayed after the general assembly failed to reach a quorum of 50 percent plus one of all eligible voters.
The syndicate’s board of members was elected in March 2013 for a four year-term. Upon his nomination as chairman of the syndicate in 2013, Rashwan, also the head of the Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic studies, pledged to “restore the union from the hands of the ruling regime.”