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Constitutional law professor Abdel-Al named Egypt's parliament speaker

Ahram Online , Sunday 10 Jan 2016
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A general view taken on January 10, 2016 shows members of Egypt's new parliament meeting during their inaugural session in the capital Cairo. (AFP)
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Constitutional law professor Ali Abdel-Al was elected as Egypt's parliament speaker late in Sunday's procedural session, which saw the legislature convene for the first time in more than three years after MPs swore the constitutional oath.

The 68-year-old Abdel-Al, who was clearly favoured to win, is an Ain Shams University constitutional law emeritus professor who won a seat in an Upper Egypt governorate as part of the Pro-Egyptian State Coalition, which at the time was named the For the Love of Egypt list.

"We need to be wise concerning the legislations we issue, which must favour the people's interests," Abdel-Aal said in his first speech after being named speaker.

"We will employ self-criticism in the parliament so we can always have an evaluation of our performance. And bear in mind, the supporters of the 25 January and 30 June revolutions have made us responsible for their ambitions, so we need to meet their expectations." 

Abdel-Al, who belongs to the Support Egypt parliamentary bloc, defeated six MPs, including independents Tawfik Okasha and Kamal Ahmed.

The election of a speaker was decided for the first time in 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.

The MPs, who make up Egypt’s largest parliament to date, are divided into 448 independents, 120 party-based deputies and 28 presidential appointees.

Each MP read out the oath: "I swear by Almighty God to loyally uphold the republican system of Egypt, respect the constitution and the law, fully observe the interests of the people, and to safeguard the independence of the nation and integrity and unity of its land."

Lawyer Bahaaa Abu-Shoqa, 77, is the oldest parliamentarian, and thus, according to parliament's law, was the speaker of the first session until the MPs elect a speaker and two deputies.

Abu-Shoqa was appointed to the House of Representatives by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi as one of the 28 presidential appointees.

Four members, including businessman Farag Amer, apologised for not being able to attend the first parliamentary session.

The meeting is the first of its kind after the country's two previous parliaments were dissolved — the first in February 2011 and the second in June 2012 — and after former president Mohamed Morsi was ousted from office in July 2013.

The meeting also represents the completion of the third stage of a political roadmap adopted since the removal of Morsi.

The other stages included the passing of a new constitution in January 2014 and the election of a president, former army chief El-Sisi, in June 2014.

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jecob
10-01-2016 03:51pm
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ARMY CHOSIN PARLIAMENT NO PUBLIC
What Egyptian can EXPECT from Army selected parliment how was Egypt now is more worse and more dark future All agents like Al baradie are inside ParliaMENT FOREIGNER AGENTS USING SISI COURT AND ARMY AGAINST EGYPTIAN UNITY
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NewEgypt123
10-01-2016 10:51pm
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The Army Saved Egypt Multiple Times in the Last 5 Years
Jecob, you don't know what you're talking about and should be ashamed of yourself. The army has saved Egypt so many times in the last 5 years, that denying this is shameful. I will not say that the army is perfect, but I wouldn't say that about myself either. I will say that the army is the reason that Egypt didn't turn into Libya or Syria. Do you forget that Egypt was the subject of a destabilization plot? Do you forget the threat to the unity of Egypt where the provocation of a civil war was attempted? Without a strong army, Egypt would have become a victim of the chaos in the region. Egypt, with the strongest army in the region has managed to maintain its sovereignty and protect its people. DO NOT FORGET THIS!!!
Ostasia
10-01-2016 08:41pm
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Back at it again?
You guys with your fake names and spouting MB propaganda? You're tiring. You're loosing grip on every last thing you had, you have to resort to shooting fireworks and drugging youths and give them plastic weapons. You guys are so pathetic. Leave us alone already.
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