Egyptian MP Amira Ibrahim dies in car crash

Ahram Online , Sunday 9 Oct 2016

Amira Ibrahim was heading to Sharm El-Skeikh for celebrations marking 150 years since the formation of the Egyptian parliament

Amira Ibrahim
MP Amira Ibrahim

An Egyptian female MP for a Nile Delta constituency did in a car accident on Sunday, Ahram Arabic news website reported.

Amira Ibrahim, 35, who was a representative of Menoufiya’s Shebin Al-Koum district, north of Cairo, died when her car flipped over on a highway in South Sinai. She was on her way to take part in celebrations marking 150 years of parliamentary life in Egypt due on Sunday in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh.

Her six and 12-year-old children were injured, one suffering brain haemorrhage and the other abrasions and bruises.

Under Egypt's parliamentary elections law, the House of Representatives and the country's election commission would call elections for her now-vacant seat within 60 days.

This is at least the fifth-time the parliament would order a new vote for a vacant seat.

In July, Sayed Farrag, the MP for the eastern Cairo district of Hadyek Al-Quba, died due to illnesses. Farrag was a representative of the Masr Balady Party -- a member of the Support Egypt bloc.

In April, independent MP Mohamed Mostafa El-Khouly of  Fayoum passed away; his wife was elected to his seat two months later.

MP Sameh Seif El-Yazel, who was head of the Support Egypt bloc, died also in April.

In March, elections were held for the seat of controversial TV host Tawfil Okasha in Daqahliya governorate after he was dismissed from the chamber due to holding talks with Israel's envoy to Cairo at a dinner at his home.

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