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Meet the deputy speakers of Egypt's parliament

The members of the House of Representatives elected Mahmoud El-Sharif and Soliman Wahdan as the two deputy speakers

Ahram Online , Monday 11 Jan 2016
Mahmoud El-Sharif and Soliman Wahdan
Egypt's House of Representatives Newly-elected deputy speakers, Mahmoud El-Sharif (L) and Soliman Wahdan (R) (Photo: Ahram)
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Egypt's House of Representatives elected Sunday and Monday two deputy speakers, Mahmoud El-Sharif and Soliman Wahdan. 

Mahmoud El-Sharif, 59, is a member of the parlimanetary bloc In Support of Egypt which strongly supports the policies of Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. 

El-Sharif has appointed in 2008 as head of the syndicate of Sharifs, meaning the descendants of Prophet Mohamed.

The MP has been elected four consecutive times to parliament between 1990 and 2005. His constituency is in Sohag.

He was a member of the Arab parliament and was a former member of the now-dissolved National Democratic Party which ruled under ousted president Hosni Mubarak.

President El-Sisi gave him the Republic's First Class Order of Sciences and Arts in 2015 for his religious role in promoting moderate Islam.

El-Sharif was elected late Sunday with 345 votes by the newly sworn-in MPs.

Soliman Wahdan, a Wafd Party member who represents Port Said governorate, is a businessman who owns a car import company in Port Said.

Wahdan is also a former member of the now-dissolved National Democratic Party.

He was elected by 285 votes on Monday while his rival Alaa Abdel-Moneim got 281.  

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