Political participation and parliament election laws made public
Egypt's Transitional Justice Minister Mohamed Amin el-Mahdy - YOUM7/Kareem Abdul Kareem

CAIRO: The committee tasked with amending the political participation law and parliamentary elections law held a conference Saturday to present the two laws to the public.

The committee announced they had finalized the two draft laws on Wednesday after being ordered to form by interim President Adly Mansour on April 14.

According to the draft parliamentary elections law, the parliament will consist of 600 members and the president has the right to appoint five percent of them (30 members). The seats will be divided into two parts, 480 seats (80 percent) for the individual system and 120 seats (20 percent) for the list system.

The law states that each list should consist of three women, three Christians, two young candidates, at least one worker and farmer, a candidate to represent people with disabilities and a candidate to represent Egyptians abroad. The representatives will serve five-year terms, and elections should be held again 60 days before that period ends.

Minister of Transitional Justice Mohamed Amin El-Mahdy, the committee head, said in the conference that laws were supervised by a group of “elite” experts, and that history will remember their contributions.

“Society’s future was in the hands of those eager to achieve the people’s aspirations and a democratic way of life,” Mahdy said.

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