National Dialogue’s recommendations to be referred to parliament, government for implementation: Rashwan

Gamal Essam El-Din , Saturday 2 Jul 2022

Recommendations from Egypt’s National Dialogue will be referred to the House of Representatives and the government for implementation, said Diaa Rashwan, head of the Press Syndicate and the general coordinator of the National Dialogue.



In a statement aired during his talk show programme 'New Egypt' on 'ETC' TV channel on Friday, Rashwan said: “At the end of the National Dialogue Conference, which is expected to kick off this week, it will be natural that its recommendations will be referred to the House of Representatives and the government so it can be implemented on the ground.”

“If these recommendations require legislative amendments, they will be passed to the House, and if these recommendations require taking a number of executive steps, they will be referred to the government,” said Rashwan.

He also emphasised that President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi would attend the final meetings of the National Dialogue.

“As promised, President El-Sisi will attend the meetings of the final stages of this dialogue in person,” said Rashwan.

Furthermore, he explained that the National Dialogue will kick off only after its timetable of debates is declared to the public.

“There will be a schedule of debate for the dialogue, and this is very important to ensure its success,” said Rashwan.

According to the coordinator, the dialogue’s 10-member Council of Trustees will be tasked with drafting the dialogue’s schedule of debate.

“This Council will also run the debate to make sure that the dialogue does not turn into a talking shop.”

He added that “those who were invited to the dialogue are the ones who only believe in 2013’s 30 June Revolution.”

“Those who agree that Egypt should be a modern and civilian state are the ones who will participate in the dialogue, and not the ones who seek to hijack the state for their own radical religious agenda,” he said, emphasising that “the main job of the National Dialogue is to resurrect the spirit of the 30 June Revolution’s alliance.”

Egypt’s 30 June Revolution erupted in 2013, leading to the removal of the one-year rule of the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliated former president Mohamed Morsi.

Rashwan also explained that “the job of the dialogue is not only to give room for all forces to voice their opinions of Egypt’s existing political, economic, security, and cultural conditions and problems.”

“We also want participants to give a recipe for reform and tell us how this recipe should be implemented and in how much time, and at the end we will collect all ‘recipes and recommendations’ to be submitted to the president, the government, and parliament to be implemented.”

On 26 April, during a Ramadan Family Iftar Banquet hosted by the president, El-Sisi revealed that he would call for a national dialogue to chart a new political and economic roadmap for Egypt in the coming years.

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