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Egypt's Sisi approves new parliamentary election law

Earlier this week, the cabinet gave its seal of approval to three draft election laws, including the one ratified by El-Sisi

Ahram Online , Thursday 9 Jul 2015
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (Photo:AP)
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Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has ratified amendments to an election law regulating electoral constituencies, paving the way for setting a date for the long-delayed parliamentary poll, according to state news agency MENA.

The vote was set to be held last March before a court ruled part of the electoral districts law regulating the individual seats system was unconstitutional.

Egypt has been without a parliament since June 2012 when a court dissolved the lower chamber after ruling it was not constitutionally elected.

The new law allocates 448 seats to individual candidates and 120 seats to the winner-takes-all lists with quotas for youth, women, Christians and workers, as opposed to 420 seats for individuals and 120 for lists in the previous law.

The new law has also decreased constituencies from which individual candidates will be elected to 205 instead of 237, while maintaining four constituencies for the party lists.

Several political parties have voiced opposition to the new amendments, saying the legislation in its final form still opens the door to patronage politics and fails to provide fair representation, and accusing the government of ignoring their suggestions to improve it.

Earlier this week, the cabinet gave its seal of approval to three draft election laws: the one ratified by El-Sisi on Thursday, one regulating the workings of the house of representatives, and another governing the exercising of political rights.

Earlier this week, Ibrahim Al-Heneidy, Minister of Parliamentary Elections and Transitional Justice, said that the long-awaited vote might be held as early as September.

In April, El-Sisi said the election would be held before the end of the year.

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09-07-2015 10:58pm
Elections would be farce elections is main political party is missing from it
This is nothing but another fascist tactic to try to legitimize their rule. World knows that Sisi is illegitimate, he came in power with coup and massacre of thousands of innocent people.
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10-07-2015 07:05pm

09-07-2015 10:49pm
Get the parliament done as soon as possible. This will remove so much Burden off el sisi. El sisi needs to get out of this game. This game will only get dirtier as more politics get involved. All kinds of voices will be heard and some of them will be the killing of el sisi. Finish your job, clean up the mess (brotherhood), get things to be boring again. Then leave. It is tempting and safe to stay in power but you will be safer to let people vote you out of power. This will empower the people and wash away resentment. History can not be unwritten but it can be reversed. When out of power, the history is set.
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10-07-2015 07:07pm
Your statements are up for the people to decide.
10-07-2015 12:50pm
There are priorites we still need strong leadership from el sisi for the unity of the state even at the expense of democray
If you want el sisi to leave by his own will, things will not get boring again as you said, you will find the elite argue with enormous avidity and hunger for power, actually the most who concerns about the benifit of Egypt is the military, we still need strong & descisive leadership by el sisi to maintain unity of the country, not to get the same fate of syria under the same boring slogens of democracy and freedoms

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