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Egypt's Sisi to address parliament on Saturday

Gamal Essam El-Din , Thursday 11 Feb 2016
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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (AP)
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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi will address the country's newly elected House of Representatives on Saturday for the first time since taking office in ‎June 2014.

Sources told Ahram Online that El-Sisi's speech will be addressing domestic and regional ‎issues, including the country’s current economic situation.‎

Parliament's Secretary-General Ahmed Saaddin told reporters on Wednesday that ‎‎the presidential Republican Guard was implementing final security ‎measures in the parliament building in downtown Cairo for El-Sisi's visit.

"This is a routine ‎measure,” Saaddin said, adding that “all parliamentary staff will be on duty on this day ‎.”‎

Saaddin said that a number of foreign ‎guests, primarily ambassadors of foreign countries ‎and the speakers of a number of Arab parliaments, will be invited to attend the speech. 

Egypt's new parliament is composed of 596 MPs, an unprecedented figure in Egypt's 150-year-old ‎parliamentary history.

"This big number, in ‎addition to more than 100 guests, will push the ‎number of those attending the speech to more than 700," said ‎Saaddin.‎

The last time an Egyptian president visited ‎parliament was in December 2010 when the now-ousted ‎president Hosni Mubarak addressed a newly-elected ‎People's Assembly which was elected in a process marred by alleged widespread rigging by the then-ruling party, the NDP.

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