National Dialogue committees meet to finalise recommendations for President El-Sisi

Gamal Essam El-Din , Monday 17 Jul 2023

Egypt's National Dialogue held a closed-door meeting on Sunday to finalise the recommendations from its committees following the recent four-week round of sessions.

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Egypt s General Coordinator of the National Dialogue Diaa Rashwan addresses the representatives of syndicates, political forces, and NGOs during a plenary session in Cairo on May 3, 2023. AFP


"In its meeting on Wednesday, the Board of Trustees decided to form a committee for each of the National Dialogue's political, economic and social axes to be responsible for preparing and finalising the recommendations passed after the last round of public sessions," said member and journalist Gamal El-Kishki. 

"Each committee will include the rapporteur, assistant rapporteur, experts and public figures and all of these will be involved in producing a list of final recommendations and proposals to be referred to the Board of Trustees ahead of presenting them to President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi," he added.

During a TV interview, Diaa Rashwan, the general coordinator of the National Dialogue, stated that the 19 committees have conducted a total of 50 sessions since the official launch on 3 May.

"After this big number of sessions, I can say that there is consensus among 90-95 percent of participants that a list of legislations should be amended, including those regulating cooperatives, anti-discrimination, child custody, and handling of information," Rashwan stated.

In political terms, Rashwan said, "three of the National Dialogue's political committees – the Local Councils, Parliamentary Representatives, Exercise of Political Rights – have finalised their debates and will be soon involved in finalising recommendations."

"There is agreement that laws on political parties, exercise of political rights, local councils and parliamentary election should be modified to give greater political openness," Rashwan added.

Kamal Zayed, a member of the Board of Trustees, said "the public sessions of the National Dialogue will resume on 25 July, after the end of the extended holiday of the Islamic New Year and the 23 July Revolution." 

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