Nour, Wafd to select deputy speakers for incoming parliament

Ahram Online, Monday 16 Jan 2012

Second and third runners-up to choose deputy speakers; FJP nominates party secretary-general Mohamed El-Katatni for chief parliamentary post

Banner of Freedom and Justice party candidates in the latest parliament elections. (Photo:Reuters)

Representatives of various political parties met at the Cairo headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice party (FJP) on Monday, where they agreed that the two deputy speakers for Egypt’s incoming People's Assembly should be nominated by the parties that came in second and third in Egypt’s recently concluded legislative polls.

Along with FJP members, the meeting included representatives of the Salafist Nour Party (which came in second in terms of parliamentary seats), the Wafd Party (which came in third), Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya’s Building and Development Party, the Egyptian Social Democratic Party and the Karama Party.

Political representatives also agreed that the party that held the most seats in the lower parliamentary house – in this case the FJP – should nominate a candidate for the post of parliamentary speaker. The FJP, for its part, has officially announced the nomination of party secretary-general and recently-elected MP Mohamed El-Katatni for the position.

The first session of Egypt’s first post-Mubarak People's Assembly – in which the FJP-led Democratic Alliance electoral coalition won 233 seats (roughly 45 per cent) – is scheduled to convene on 23 January.

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