At the time, however, students and CIMAL members alleged that AUC was opposed to Nour being the keynote speaker and, in turn, canceled the ceremony.
Mayada Serag Al-Din, AUC student and this year's conference head, told Daily News Egypt that CIMAL chose Al-Laithy on its own will and was not forced by administration to replace Nour.
Mohamed Al-Deeb, AUC student and a former member of the CIMAL, claims that AUC canceled the original opening ceremony because Nour was set to be the keynote speaker, adding that it is a "restriction of freedom."
"CIMAL's success in NUMAL in Washington this year has been resounding," said Walid Kazziha, political science professor and faculty adviser to both CIMUN and CIMALat AUC.
CIMAL received the following awards: Three Distinguished Delegation awards: Political Affairs, Environmental Affairs and Joint Defensecouncils and five Outstanding Delegation awards: Arab Heads of State, Economic Affairs, Palestinian Affairs, Social Affairs councils and the Special Council on Post Conflict Recovery.
Students and CIMAL members allege that AUC was opposed to Nour being the keynote speaker and, in turn, canceled the ceremony.
In a statement posted on the official CIMAL Facebook group, students said that AUC had "reservations over the selection of Ayman Nour as the keynote speaker."
Sayed Omar, from AUC's Office of Student Development, told Daily News Egypt that the problem between AUC and CIMAL has nothing to do with Nour but with following proper procedures.
But CIMAL students maintain that it was the choice of speaker that irked administration.
In their online statement on Facebook, they said, "CIMAL is at risk of losing its most prized and unique asset: the lack of censorship."
"We put together trainings that would prepare us for the event, including a mock conference," said Aly Amer, head delegate of CIMAL
and a double major in political science and integrated marketing communication."All AUC students showed great competence when dealing with the academic content of the conference."