Head of Journalists Syndicate and Coordinator of Egypt s National Dialogue Diaa Rashwan speaks during the dialogue s board of trustees second meeting on Tuesday 19 July, 2022.
In a press conference following the meeting at the headquarters of the National Training Academy, Rashwan revealed that the board only discussed political issues on Tuesday, mainly three topics: political rights, legislative representation and political parties, and human rights and public freedoms.
Rashwan said that the board hopes for an active political life and the removal of all barriers preventing the creation or participation of political parties in parliament.
He added that the municipal elections will also be discussed in the dialogue.
Rashwan stated that the political dossier is now settled and the board of trustees will now form regulating committees.
He also added that the board formed two committees to discuss economic and social issues.
He also stated that the invitation to the dialogue is open to anyone who was not involved in any violent activities and that there is no decision to ban certain people from attending the meeting.
The meeting also discussed a review of suggestions from technical committees as well as final discussions on committees and subcommittees in the dialogue’s sessions and events’ regulating articles in the bylaws.
Rashwan added that the board recommended reviewing measures and decisions taken after President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s call for the national dialogue in April, as well as procedures of presidential pardons of some inmates.
The head of the Journalists Syndicate stated that the board of trustees will convene again before the end of the month.
The meetings are being run by the 19-member board of trustees and feature the participation of several political, partisan, and syndicate figures from different backgrounds.
The board, which is comprised of parliamentarians, journalists, professors, human rights lawyers, and officials, is tasked with coordinating the multi-directional and multi-stage dialogue and refers decisions and proposals to President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.
The board held its first meeting on 5 July, where it agreed on bylaws to regulate its work as well as the dialogue's 25-article code of conduct and ethics.
The first meeting also reached a consensus that the dialogue shall be open to all political, partisan, and syndicate forces to discuss national priorities, excluding those who had incited or participated in violent acts.