Par­lia­ments re-elects heads of three com­mit­tees on Sun­day

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by Sarah El-Sheikh

Egypt’s par­lia­ment to re-elect heads for com­mit­tee of De­fence and Na­tional Se­cu­rity, African af­fairs, and En­ergy and en­vi­ron­ment on Sun­day, af­ter re­ceiv­ing griev­ances of some mem­bers, ac­cord­ing to state me­dia out­let EGY News.

This came af­ter the ap­proval of the Par­lia­ment Speaker Ali Ab­dul Aal to re con­duct the elec­tions, due to the re­jec­tion of sev­eral par­lia­men­tar­i­ans to the re­sults of ini­tial elec­tions that took place last week.

Con­sti­tu­tion­alAr­ti­cle of 117 stip­u­lates that at the first meet­ing of each an­nual leg­isla­tive term, the par­lia­ment has to elect from among its mem­bers, a head and two deputies for each com­mit­tee for the full term.The elected ones can­not be elected for more than two con­sec­u­tive leg­isla­tive terms.

The elec­tion will con­ducted for board of twenty five com­mit­tees.

Seats of par­lia­ment speaker, and his two deputies will not be part of the elec­tions, as they are only elected once at the be­gin­ning of the par­lia­ment’s five-year terms.

Dur­ing this term elec­tions,heads of some com­mit­tees won for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive term, with­out any op­po­si­tion.The ma­jor­ity of those heads are af­fil­i­ated to Sup­port Egypt par­lia­men­tary bloc.

The par­lia­men­tar­i­ans that re­mained in the head seats are Abdel Hady Al-Kasaby, the head of So­cial Sol­i­dar­ity com­mit­tee, Osama Heikal the head Me­dia and Cul­ture com­mit­tee, Osama El-Abd the head of the Re­li­gious Af­fairs Com­mit­tee, Alaa Abed the head of the Hu­man Rights Com­mit­tee, Ba­haa El-Din Abu Shuqa the head of the Leg­isla­tive and Con­sti­tu­tional Af­fairs Com­mit­tee and Amr Ghal­lab the head of the Eco­nomic Af­fairs Com­mit­tee.

Com­mit­tees that saw new heads are com­mit­tees of For­eign Af­fairs, Trans­port and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Hous­ing, and

Health Af­fairs.

Regrading the three com­mit­tee that will face re-elec­tions, Gen­eral Ka­mal Amer re­mained as head of the De­fence and Na­tional Se­cu­rity Com­mit­tee, busi­ness­men Talaat El-Sewedi re­mained the head of the En­ergy and En­vi­ron­ment Com­mit­tee, while new head were elected for Com­mit­tee of African Af­fairs.

Ab­dul Aal ap­proved the re­sults re­main­ing twenty two com­mit­tee, and or­dered for­ma­tion of a com­mit­tee to fol­low re-elec­tion of the three com­mit­tees, upon the re­quest of the mem­bers.

The Par­lia­ment to re­sumed the third leg­isla­tive term last Mon­day af­ter be­ing not in con­vene for around three months.

In ac­cor­dance to con­sti­tu­tional Ar­ti­cle no. 115, the Par­lia­ment shall con­tinue its ses­sion at least for nine months, that could be re­newed through­out its term. Re­con­struc­tion and

The par­lia­ment has be­gan on Jan­uary 13 with at­ten­dance of above 500 mem­bers af­ter three years of ab­sence, for the first time dur­ing Pres­i­dent Abdel Fat­tah Al-Sisi’s rul­ing.

The new term is sched­uled to wit­ness ap­proval of cer­tain laws that will in­clude rights of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties, ex­ter­nal reg­u­la­tions for me­dia and press in­sti­tu­tion, cu­ber crime law, labour unions, crim­i­nal pro­ce­dures and con­sumer pro­tec­tion pro­ce­dures.

The sec­ond leg­isla­tive term that con­cluded on 5 June, wit­nessed the ap­proval of 217 laws, which was higher than what was ap­proved dur­ing the first round that wit­nessed ap­proval of 82 bills.

Among the laws ap­proved dur­ing the sec­ond term, Non-Gov­ern­men­tal Or­ga­ni­za­tion Law, amend­ments to Protest Law and crim­i­nal pro­ce­dures, Law of Il­le­gal Im­mi­gra­tion and Hu­man Traf­fick­ing, and in­vest­ment law.

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