FJP’s lawmakers get ready Saturday for Shura Council commitments
Ahram Online, Saturday 29 Dec 2012
The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) holds a meeting to discuss law proposals after the upper house of parliament was granted legislative authority

The executive office of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice party (FJP) convened on Saturday afternoon to discuss law proposals after re-assuming the legislative authority which they lost when the lower house of parliament was dissolved earlier this year.

Earlier in the day, Egypt president Mohamed Morsi gave a speech at the Islamist-dominated Shura Council (upper house of parliament) where he transferred his legislative authority to the council which includes a majority of FJP members.

The move came after Egypt’s first post-revolution constitution was approved by around 64% of Egyptian voters.

Shura Council MPs and senior FJP figures Essam El-Erian, Hussein Ibrahim, Gamal Heshmat and Saad Emara have all attended the meeting which was held at the party's headquarters, located meters away from the Shura Council building.

Elections for the House of Representatives, the new constitutional title of the People's Assembly (lower house of parliament), are stipulated to be held within 60 days of ratifying the constitution.