Egypt's parliament refuses veteran MP's resignation

Ahram Online , Tuesday 12 Jan 2016

Egypt's new parliament refused the resignation of veteran parliamentarian Kamal Ahmed, with the majority of MPs voting "no" on the request.

Earlier on Tuesday, Ahmed submitted his resignation citing "health reasons", but sources close to him say he resigned because he disagreed with the way the new parliament was operating, as it witnessed a number of controversial and confusing moments in its first two days.

Ahmed, an Alexandria parliamentarian who ran in the 2015 elections as an independent, was known as a harsh critic of Mubarak-era ruling National Democratic Party.

He ran for speaker of the new parliament, garnering 36 votes, losing to the now-speaker Ali Abdel-Al, who swept into the position with 401 supporters.

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