News

Popular Egyptian Belly Dancer Banned From Parliamentary Elections For Lacking A ‘Good Reputation’

Popular Egyptian Belly Dancer Banned From Parliamentary Elections For Lacking A ‘Good Reputation’

sama

Egyptian belly dancer Sama El Masry, who had been allowed by the Supreme Elections Commission to run for parliament, has been banned by the Supreme Administrative Court for lacking a ‘good reputation’.

El Masry, who had become popular for her criticism of Islamists during the Presidency of Mohammed Morsi, had been hoping to represent the people of the Gamalia district.

According to the Supreme Administrative Court, having ‘pleasant’ traits is good for people to have in general but mandatory for members of parliament. Lacking such traits results in the member of parliament facing ‘instabilities’ in carrying out his/her role and duties, added the Court.

In making its decision, the Court said it reviewed television shows, interviews and other videos featuring Sama El Masry, finding that El Masry is ill-mannered and does not promote the appropriate image expected of a woman.

In regards to her work being an expression of creativity, the Court said that creativity and innovation can be achieved while also upholding values and ethics.

Ahead of the ruling, El Masry told the media that she would respect the outcome but that she had always dreamt of representing the people of her constituency. The lawsuit had been filed by Samir Sabry who said that she was not fit to represent the Gamalia district.

Belly dancers in Egypt have recently faced a wave of lawsuits. In September, two belly-dancers who had been charged with debauchery and the promotion of immorality in their music videos were sentenced to six months in prison.

Egypt’s parliamentary elections are set to take place on October 17-18 for Egyptian expatriates and October 18-19 for those living in Egypt.  The second phase of the elections is scheduled for November 21

Who's Fighting Whom in Syria: A Quick Guide
Social Media Users Enraged Over Alleged Skype, Viber, WhatsApp Ban in Egypt

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

Egyptian Teenager Kills Mother and Brother to Complete ‘Blue Whale’ Suicide Game Task

Egyptian StreetsApril 22, 2018

Mariam Moustafa’s Lawyer Receives Death Threat, Pressured to Drop the Case

Egyptian StreetsApril 22, 2018

Luxor’s Karnak Temple to be More Accessible for Special Needs Visitors

Egyptian StreetsApril 21, 2018

Egypt Faces 54 Billion Cubic Meters Water Shortage: Minister

Egyptian StreetsApril 21, 2018

Sudden Death of Swedish DJ Avicii Leaves Fans Sad, Shocked

Egyptian StreetsApril 21, 2018

Sudan Protests to United Nations Over Egyptian Voting in Disputed Area

Egyptian StreetsApril 19, 2018

300 Artifacts on Display at the Egyptian Museum for the First Time in Temporary Exhibition

Egyptian StreetsApril 19, 2018

Egypt’s Military Declares IS Leader is Killed in Sinai

Egyptian StreetsApril 18, 2018
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 Egyptian Streets. All Rights Reserved.