Following a three-month summer recess, Egypt's parliament – the House of Representatives – will reconvene on Tuesday for the fifth, and last, season of its five-year term.
The opening session on 1 October will be largely procedural. Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel-Aal will start off by reading out presidential decrees inviting parliament to reconvene before the first Thursday of October.
Abdel-Aal will open the door for MPs who want to run in the election for the leading posts of parliament's 25 committees. Each MP will be required to join two committees in order to be able to have voting powers on laws slated to be discussed by these two committees. Each MP, however, has the right to attend the meetings of all other committees but without having voting powers.
On Wednesday, and once the final lists of committee memberships are complete, MPs will meet to elect the leading posts. Each one has to elect a chairman, two deputies, and one secretary-general.
The parliamentary majority "Support Egypt" coalition has held many meetings recently to draft its final list of candidates for the leading posts of the House committees.
A number of high-profile businessmen are expected to be re-elected, such as the chairmen of economic committees. These includes Farag Amer (the Industrial Committee), Hussein Eissa (Budget), Ahmed Samir (Economic Affairs), Amr Sedki (Tourism), Ahmed Badawi (Telecommunications), Ahmed El-Sigini (Local Administration), Gibali El-Maraghi (Manpower), Mohamed Kamal Marie (Small-Scale Industries), Talaat El-Sewedi (Energy and Environment), Sami Hashem (Education), and Hisham Abdel-Wahed (Transport).
Bahaeddin Abu Shoka, the leader of the opposition Wafd Party, is also expected to be re-elected chairman of the influential Legislative and Constitutional Affairs Committee. Abdel-Hadi El-Qasabi, the leader of the majority coalition, is also expected to retain his post as chairman of the Social Solidarity Committee.
The same thing is expected to go for Ahmed Raslan (head of the Arab Affairs Committee), Tarek Radwan (head of the African Affairs Committee), Kamal Amer (head of the Defence and National Security Committee), and Osama Heikal (Media, Culture and Antiquities).
The results of the elections of parliament's committees will be announced on Sunday.
MPs will also select a new secretary-general to replace the incumbent Ahmed Saadeddin who earlier this month announced he would be leaving his post for "private reasons".
Parliament's Spokesperson Salah Hassaballah told reporters that though procedural, Tuesday's inaugural session was expected to open a debate on the repeated attempts by Muslim Brotherhood-linked TV channels broadcasting from Turkey and Qatar to stir up protests in Egypt.
Hassaballah said many MPs asked Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel-Aal to give them the floor to propose stricter measures that should stand up to the Brotherhood's hostile media campaigns. Some MPs suggested laws on cyber crimes be amended to prosecute those who post online videos inciting violence and illegal protests and spread fake news. Others proposed the government take greater measures to rid its offices of any Muslim Brotherhood remnants.
"MPs believe that all necessary measures should be invoked to reinforce Egypt's stability and stand up to any conspiracies aimed at and pushing the country into the road of chaos again," said Hassaballah.
Amendments of political laws are expected to dominate the agenda of parliament's final legislative season. Topping the agenda are laws regulating the performance and election of local councils, the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the redrawing of electoral districts.
Draft economic laws will primarily cover the areas of taxes, the rents of non-housing units, and small-scale enterprises.