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Two Egyptian MPs to compete for head of legislative committee post

Oct 12 2016
Egypt
Source: 
Ahram online

Two high-profile MPs from rival camps seek to head parliament's legislative and constitutional affairs committee

 

Opposition MPs and high-profile lawyers Alaa Abdel-Moneim and Bahaaeddin Abu Shoka announced Wednesday that they have each decided to stand for the post of head of parliament's legislative and constitutional affairs committee.

MPs are expected to elect the senior members of 25 committees Sunday or Monday.

Team to draw up programme for a candidate in Egypt 2018 election: Former presidential aide Heggy

Aug 02 2016
Egypt
Source: 
Ahram online

Former presidential scientific advisor Essam Heggy announced on Tuesday that a number of figures from across the political spectrum will form a committee to prepare a presidential programme to be adopted by any potential candidate in the 2018 presidential elections.

 

The aim of the initiative is to draw up a programme under the slogan "fight poverty, ignorance and disease," to be adopted by potential candidates and implemented as state policies once they get into office, Heggy said in a statement on his Facebook page.

Egypt's Conservatives Party urges government to consider asylum request from Gulen if presented

Jul 30 2016
Egypt
Source: 
Ahram online

Egypt's Conservatives Party urged the government to consider giving political asylum to exiled Turkish opposition figure Fethullah Gulen should he submit an official request.

According to the party’s deputy chairman Mohsen Fawzi, "if Gulen decided to submit an official political asylum request to Egypt, the government should consider it and it has the right to approve or reject it."

The Conservatives Party is an Egyptian opposition party with six MPs in parliament led by business tycoon Akmal Qortam.

Egypt's cabinet to get a bitter vote of confidence in parliament

Apr 14 2016
Egypt
Source: 
Al Ahram

The government of Prime Minister Sherif Ismail will face its first vote of confidence in parliament next week.

 

Parliament deputy speaker Al-Sayed Al-Sherif told reporters this week that Prime Minister Ismail will come to parliament next Wednesday to respond to MPs' comments on his government's policy statement, which he delivered before parliament 27 March.

"At the end of his response, MPs will be required to grant or withhold confidence in Ismail's government," said Al-Sherif.

Who's who: Meet Egypt's 10 new ministers in Sherif Ismail's cabinet

Mar 23 2016
Egypt
Source: 
Ahram online

Ten new ministers were sworn in on Wednesday before Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi at Cairo's Ittihadeya Presidential Palace.

 

Minister of Justice - Mohamed Hossam Abdel-Rahim

Born in February 1945, Abdel-Rahim graduated from the Faculty of Law at Ain Shams University in 1966.

He started his career as a prosecutor in 1967, later being appointed as a judge in 1976.

In July 2014, he was appointed as head of the cassation court and the High Judicial Council for his seniority.

Egypt in second day of 'election without voters'

Oct 21 2015
Egypt
Source: 
Reuters

As the first round of Egypt's parliamentary elections came to a close on Monday night, turnout appeared weak for the second consecutive day, highlighting growing disillusionment since the army seized power in 2013.

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said turnout on Sunday had been just 15-16 percent, but that it should rise after public sector workers were given a half-day off to vote.

Islamist Nour Party faces stunning defeat in Egypt, secular coalition emerges victorious: Initial poll results

Oct 20 2015
Egypt
Source: 
Ahram Online

Semi-official results from the first stage of Egypt's parliamentary elections show that the "For the Love of Egypt" electoral coalition has emerged victorious, with the ultraconservative Salafist Nour Party, the only Islamist force contesting in the polls, facing a big defeat.

 

Turnout low in Egypt's long-awaited parliamentary election

Oct 19 2015
Egypt
Source: 
Egypt Independent

Many Egyptian voters shunned the first phase of a parliamentary election on Sunday that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has hailed as a milestone on the road to democracy but his critics have branded as a sham.

Polling stations visited by Reuters correspondents pointed to a turnout of around 10 percent, in sharp contrast to the long lines that formed in the 2012 election, suggesting that Sisi, who has enjoyed cult-like adulation, is losing popularity.

Egypt's parliamentary elections: Smooth first day, 'too early to judge turnout'

Oct 18 2015
Egypt
Source: 
Al Ahram

Polling stations have closed their doors at 9pm Sunday on the first day of Egypt’s long-awaited 2015 parliamentary elections after a slow but smooth start to polling.

 

Abdullah Fathi, head of the Judges' Club - an unofficial but powerful body that represents the majority of Egypt's judges - told Al Hayat TV that the club's reports of polling station monitoring labelled the vote turnout "clearly and unjustifiably weak."

Expat parliamentary election turnout in Saudi Arabia below average

Oct 18 2015
Egypt
Source: 
Egypt Independent
Egypt’s Consul General in Saudi Arabia, Adel al-Alfi, said the turnout of Egyptian expatriates for the parliamentary elections was below average, given that Saudi Arabia has the largest Egyptian expatriate community.
 
He pointed out that some candidates tried to break the electoral silence but were prevented by the embassy.
 
He said the High Elections Committee will announce the results of the voting.
 
 
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm
 

La escasa participación marca las elecciones legislativas en Egipto

Oct 18 2015
Egypt
Source: 
El País

La primera jornada de las elecciones legislativas egipcias, que se dividen en varias rondas y no terminarán hasta el mes de diciembre, ha estado marcada este domingo por una bajísima participación. A falta de una cifra oficial, algunas informaciones apuntaban a una tasa de participación inferior al 15%. En las anteriores legislativas, celebradas a finales del 2011, votó cerca de un 65% de los ciudadanos. A diferencia de aquellos comicios, en estos apenas si concurre algún partido de la oposición al régimen del mariscal Abdelfattá al Sisi, ya sea islamista o laica.

1677 judges arrive in Alexandria to supervise parliamentary elections

Oct 16 2015
Egypt
Source: 
Al Ahram

On Friday, 1677 judges arrived in Alexandria to supervise the elections that are due to take place on Sunday and Monday, Al-Ahram's Arabic news website reported.

Judges from different judicial bodies (judges, State Council members, prosecutors and administrative prosecutors) will be distributed on Saturday to 1677 polling stations in 10 constituencies in Alexandria.

A total of 16,000 members from different judicial bodies will supervise polling stations during the two phases in Egypt.

Egyptian Social Democratic Party to compete for individual seats only

Oct 12 2015
Egypt
Source: 
Ahram Online

The Egyptian Social Democratic Party has announced that it is competing for individual seats only in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

 

In press statements issued Sunday night, the party said that it was not part of any of the electoral lists competing for the party list seats following the withdrawal of the Sahwet Misr (Egypt's Awakening) list from the electoral process. 

Sahwet Misr withdrew from elections after a court ruled that prospective candidates must re-take the costly required medical check-ups even if they had already done the tests in February.

If You Elect Them’ campaign launched against NDP, Brotherhood candidates

Oct 11 2015
Egypt
Source: 
Ahram Online

Egypt’s Socialist Popular Alliance Party (SPAP) will launch on Sunday evening a new campaign called “If You Elect Them” to warn voters of the dangers of electing to parliament members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood and Hosni Mubarak’s dissolved National Democratic Party (NDP).

Medhat El-Zahed, acting chair member of the SPAP, said in a press conference on Wednesday that the party “is participating to fight against the return of the old faces of Mubarak and political Islam.”

Over 27 million registered voters in elections first round: HEC

Oct 10 2015
Egypt
Source: 
Ahram Online

Some 27,402,353 voters are registered to take part in the elections first round due to start 18 October in Egypt, stated the Higher Elections Commitee (HEC) Saturday.

 

The first round will cover 14 governorates that include a total of 103 electoral constituencies.

Egyptians aboard will vote in the first round 17 October.

According to HEC spokesperson Omar Marawan, voters include 13,257,507 women and 14,144,846 men.

The first round will choose 226 MPs of a total of 596. There are 2,573 electoral candidates for the first round.

Niqab-wearing banned during voting by law: HEC

Oct 08 2015
Egypt
Source: 
Ahram Online

Spokesperson to the Higher Elections Committee (HEC) Omar Marawan has said the law stipulates that all niqab-wearing women will only cast ballots if they remove the face veil while voting, for identity verification purposes. Otherwise they will be barred.

 

The first round of the elections is expected to take place inside Egypt on 18-19 October in 14 governorates (Giza, Fayoum, Beni Suef, Minya, Assiut, New Valley, Sohag, Qena, Luxor and Aswan).

Egypt's Socialist Alliance Party launches electoral programme

Oct 07 2015
Egypt
Source: 
Ahram Online

Egypt’s Socialist Popular Alliance Party (SPAP) announced Wednesday the features of their electoral programme for the upcoming elections set to take place in October and November.

 

“The party’s electoral programme relies on the social and democracy goals represented by the January 25 Revolution and its extension in June 30,” Medhat El-Zahed, acting chairman of the SPAP, said in a press conference.

Controversial candidates Ezz, El-Masry out of Egypt's electoral race

Oct 07 2015
Egypt
Source: 
Ahram Online

The Supreme Administrative Court upheld on Wednesday decisions preventing two controversial candidates -- steel tycoon Ahmed Ezz and belly dancer Sama El-Masry -- from running in the approaching parliamentary elections.

 

Both candidates lodged appeals against their elimination from the polls, only to be turned down in court.

Ezz's national post office account -- where he had deposited his money -- was frozen in September by a decree of the prosecution and the country's elicit gains authority. He was eliminated from the electoral race as a result.

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