Egypt's Senate to hold elections for top committee posts on Wednesday

Gamal Essam El-Din , Wednesday 6 Oct 2021

The Egyptian Senate will convene on Wednesday to conduct the election of leading posts for the Senate's 14 committees and to read out the final lists of the members of each committee, speaker Abdel-Wahab Abdel-Razek revealed on Tuesday.

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Each senator will be asked to elect a chairman, two deputies and one secretary-general, and each senator will be allowed to join two committees, Abdel-Razek said.

"The door for joining committees for each senator will be opened until 2pm on Tuesday, and tomorrow – Wednesday – the election of the leading posts of the Senate's 14 committees will be held," said Abdel-Razek.

Abdel-Razek opened the Senate's Tuesday meeting by reading out Decree 419, issued last week by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, which instructs senators to begin their second legislative season on 5 October.

"Let me congratulate you on the opening of the Senate's second session, and let me state that you did a great job in the first session, though it was too short, because it was marked with quiet scientific and objective discussion of draft laws and decrees, and all of this got the appreciation and respect of the people and its institutions," Abdel-Razek said.

"In its second session, the Senate will be up to great responsibilities, including implementing its roles specified by the constitution in the form of supporting the pillars of the constitution and other issues related to elections, political parties and civil society, upholding the values of political tolerance, and empowering women and young people," he said.

"Senators will also be entrusted with studying what is necessary for supporting the different forms of social peace, fighting terrorism and drying up its sources of funding, and supporting society's rights, freedoms, public duties, supreme values and the social, economic, and cultural pillars."

The Senate's meeting on Tuesday comes four days after the House of Representatives kicked off a new legislative season on Saturday.

The Senate includes 300 members, with 200 elected and 100 appointed by president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. Women represent 10 percent of the Senate's members.

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