The House's speaker Ali Abdel-Aal meeting with speaker of the Senate Abdel-Razek (Photo: Al-Ahram)
The Speaker of Egypt's House of Representatives Ali Abdel-Aal paid a visit Wednesday to the speaker of the newly-elected Senate, Abdel-Wahab Abdel-Razek to discuss parliamentary coordination between the two chambers in the coming period.
The meeting was held at Abdel-Razek's office at the Senate headquarters, and was attended by Mahmoud Fawzi, secretary-general of the House of Representatives, and Mahmoud Ismail, acting secretary-general of the Senate.
The House's speaker Abdel-Aal first congratulated Abdel-Razek for his election as speaker of the Senate on 18th October. Abdel-Aal described Abdel-Razek "as an outstanding political, national and legal personality and that his election as speaker of the Senate will be of a high positive contribution to Egypt's political life."
Abdel-Aal said the Senate's speaker Abdel-Razek is a member of an upper Egypt family (from El-Minya governorate) which was an active participant in Egypt's political life.
"Some of the family's members were also prominent religious clerics with Al-Azhar institution," said Abdel-Aal, referring to Sheikh Ali Abdel-Razek and philosopher Mostafa Abdel-Razek.
"I have an old strong relationship with speaker Abdel-Wahab Abdel-Razek and I hope there will be constant coordination and cooperation between Egypt's two chambers of parliament in the coming period," said Abdel-Aal
In return, Abdel-Razek expressed his gratitude towards the role of the House of Representatives in recreating the Senate and laying the foundation of its work.
"I would also like to refer to the role of the House of Representatives under your [Ali Abdel-Aal] leadership in passing a large number of important laws during the last five legislative seasons," said Abdel-Razek.
After its election in August and September, the Senate held a procedural sitting on Sunday in which Abdel-Wahab Abdel-Razek, a former chairman of the Supreme Constitutional Court, was elected speaker.
Abdel-Razek, 73, is also chairman of the majority Mostaqbal Watan (Future of Homeland) party.
Two speaker deputies – Baaeddin Abu Shoqa and Phoebe Fawzi – were also elected.
The Senate will hold its next meeting on 29th November. Abdel-Razek said during this period (one month and half) a committee will be formed to draft the Senate's internal bylaws.
Abdel-Razek was mandated during the opening sitting with selecting members of the committee.
Yasser El-Hodeibi, deputy chairman of Al-Wafd party and an elected senator, told reporters Wednesday that the committee is expected to take charge of drafting the Senate's internal bylaws that will include eleven senators: five legal experts and six public figures.
El-Hodeibi said he expects that the Senate's internal bylaws will not be much different from that of the old Shura Council which was dissolved in 2013.
"The committee will also discuss draft internal bylaws proposed by some political parties such as Al-Wafd and the Reform and Development party," said El-Hodeibi.
The Senate's acting secretary-general Mahmoud Ismail also told reporters that the chamber's internal bylaws should be enacted into a law.
"The final draft of the Senate's internal bylaws shall be discussed and voted by the House of Representatives and then passed into law," said Ismail.
The Senate's internal bylaws will highlight the chamber's roles, responsibilities, system of performance and the number of affiliated committees.