Free Egyptians Party to investigate member for joining pro-Sisi parliamentary bloc

Zeinab El-Gundy , Wednesday 6 Jan 2016

The Free Egyptians Party says it referred one of its MPs for investigation for joining a pro-Sisi parliamentary coalition

The Free Egyptians party
The Free Egyptians party

The Free Egyptians Party has referred its MP Mai Mahmoud to investigation for joining the pro-Sisi parliamentary coalition, which the party had decided not join, party spokesperson Wagih Shahab told Ahram Online on Wednesday.

Shahab added that the party did not have any information about other Free Egyptians Party MPs joining the "Support Egypt" parliamentary coalition, as the head of the coalition Sameh Seif Yazel claimed earlier this week in the media.

The liberal party announced in early December that it declined to join the pro-Sisi parliamentary bloc, saying that its aims were unclear and that the bloc was against the party pluralism supported by the constitution.

A number of political parties and independent MPs announced in December that they would join a parliamentary bloc led by Seif El-Yazal, a former intelligence officer and the coordinator of the For the Love of Egypt pro-Sisi electoral list, which won the 120 party list seats available in the elections. 

The Free Egyptians Party won 65 seats in parliament, the highest number of seats out of all parties.

Asked about who the Free Egyptians Party would support for speaker of the House of Representatives, Shahab told Ahram Online that the party would choose a name next Saturday, 9 January.

He also stated that the party would support its MP Hatem Bashat to become the undersecretary of the House of Representative. 

Bashat is a former undersecretary of Egyptian General Intelligence and is representing the Zeitoun constituency in Cairo. 

The House of Representatives will convene for its first session on 10 January.

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