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Egypt's parliament sessions to be aired on TV after 'review of laws is complete'

Ahram Online , Friday 15 Jan 2016
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Egypt' Parliament Cairo, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 (AP)
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Egypt's newly elected House of Representatives will lift the temporary ban on the live airing of its sessions after it has finished reviewing laws passed since July 2013, the speaker Ali Abdel-Al said on Thursday.

On Monday, the majority of MPs agreed to a proposal submitted by 40 members to halt TV coverage in order to prevent grandstanding by some MPs, especially when the reviewing process is taking place.

The reviewing of legislation passed by the executive in the absence of parliament is mandated under the 2014 constitution.

Despite the criticisms which were mounted by some representatives and other public figures against the ban order, Abdel-Al said last week that "this live airing gave comfort to some MPs, who think they have a monopoly on ideas, to put on show their false interpretations of bylaws."

The House of Representatives announced last week that it has less than 13 days to discuss 341 laws issued by presidential decree, and as a result all its 19 internal committees should prepare reports on these laws in order to start the discussion process by early next week.

"If we are not able to finish these presidential decrees within the 15-day period, all of Egypt will fall into severe constitutional gridlock," Abdel-Al told reporters last week.

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