Egypt's parliament speaker Hanafi Gebali (Photo: Ahram)
Members of new House of Representatives elected by majority of votes Judge Hanafy Ali El-Gebaly, 71, to be the Speaker of the House during its opening session on Tuesday.
El-Gebaly, the former head of the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC), won the vote over three other candidates, Mohamed Salah Abu Hemela, Ahmed Abdel-Hakim Youssef, and Mohamed Madina.
Also, MPs elected Mohamed Aboul-Enein and Ahmed Saad Eddine as deputies to the speaker.
El-Gebaly had won a seat in the parliamentary elections held late last year as an independent member in the National Unified Coalition led by the pro-government Mostaqbal Watan Party, which swept the majority of the parliament lower house.
Hanafy El-Gebaly was born in 1949 in Cairo. He has previously served as the head of the SCC between 2018 and 2019.
During his tenure at the SCC, the court voided all previous court orders regarding a controversial maritime border demarcation deal between Egypt and Saudi Arabia that was signed in 2016.
The maritime demarcation deal, which included handing the two Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia, was implemented based on the Supreme Court’s ruling.
El-Gebaly also served as the secretary-general for the Union of Arab Constitutional Courts between 2011 and 2018.
He graduated from the faculty of Law at Cairo University in 1975, and earned his Master's and Doctorate degrees in law from Ain Shams University.
El-Gebaly was appointed as a deputy to the prosecutor-general in 1978.
He later joined the State Council, where he was promoted to deputy judge.