News

Egyptian Woman Becomes Spain’s Youngest Member of Parliament

Egyptian Woman Becomes Spain’s Youngest Member of Parliament

Photo: @NaguaAlba via Twitter
Photo: @NaguaAlba via Twitter

Egyptian-Spanish politician Nagua Alba, 25, was voted into Spain’s parliament on Sunday, making her the country’s youngest parliamentarian and the first member of parliament of Arab descent.

Alba – born Nagua Goweli – managed to secure a seat by locking more than 97,000 votes in the general elections, which took place more than four years after the last general elections were held.

Alba, who was born in Spain to an Egyptian father and a Spanish mother, is a member of the recently formed political party Podemos, which is Spanish for “We Can.” She was voted as the representative of the Gipuzkoa province in Spain’s north.

According to independent Egyptian media El Watan, Alba’s father, Ahmed Goweli, said the political events unfolding in Egypt since the January 2011 revolution profoundly impacted his daughter and impressed upon her the importance of political activism.

Inspired by activists who took to the streets in the region during the Arab Spring, Alba also participated in protests against unemployment and austerity measures in Spain, her father said.

It was from these demonstrations that Podemos was formed and Alba was among the founding members. The party quickly expanded in size and managed to secure five seats in the European parliament, following the elections that took place in 2014.

Alba is currently tasked with managing the party’s online presence and its relations with other political parties, in addition to her new role as a parliamentarian.

Local Confectionery Street Bustles as Egyptians Celebrate Moulid El-Nabi
Egypt's President Sisi Attacks Calls for 'New Revolution'

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

Egypt Pours €360 Million into Renewing Alexandria’s Tram Network

Egyptian StreetsMay 25, 2017

Egypt Bans 21 News Websites, Including Mada Masr, on Claims of ‘Supporting Terrorism’

Engy AdhamMay 24, 2017

Rights Lawyer Khaled Ali Released on Bail Pending Trial

Engy AdhamMay 24, 2017

Rights Lawyer and Former Presidential Candidate Khaled Ali Held Overnight Pending Investigations

Egyptian StreetsMay 23, 2017

Egyptian Authorities Demolish Ras Sudr Kiteloop Camp, Other Attractions For ‘Violating State Property’

Egyptian StreetsMay 23, 2017

ISIS Claims Responsibility For Manchester Arena Attack

Egyptian StreetsMay 23, 2017

19 Killed in ‘Explosions’ at Ariana Grande Concert in UK

Egyptian StreetsMay 23, 2017

Canadian Minister to Contribute to the Egyptian Educational System

Egyptian StreetsMay 22, 2017
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.