Egypt’s parliament swears in, starts voting for speaker and deputies

parliament10/01/2016 (Al Ahram Online – Egypt): After swearing the constitutional oath, Egypt’s parliamentarians have started the process for electing the new speaker of parliament. MP and constitutional law professor Ali Abdel-Al, who is nominated by the majority parliamentary bloc In Support of Egypt, will likely be elected as the speaker of Egypt’s new parliament.Kamal Ahmed is also running for the post.The election of a speaker will be decided for the first time with the absence of a powerful ruling party. Under the 30-year rule of former president Hosni Mubarak, the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) had the upper hand in selecting the speaker and two deputies.Egyptian parliamentarians gathered inside the House of Representatives building in downtown Cairo to take the oath and begin the first session, ending a four-year hiatus.This is Egypt’s largest parliament to date.MPs are divided into 448 independents, 120 party-based deputies, and 28 presidential appointees…–Egypt%E2%80%99s-parliament-swears-in,-starts-votin.aspx




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