Islamists have little chance to win Parliament: Al-Ahram Center official
Amr Hashem Rabie - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO:  Islamists have little chance to win in the parliamentary elections, said Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies Vice President Amr Hashem Rabie, according to Youm7 Tuesday.

He added in his statements to Youm7 that Islamists will only have a quarter of the next Parliament’s seats due to a decrease in their popularity, and said the Nour Party will dominate the Islamist parties in the Parliament.

Rabie said he expects the Muslim Brotherhood will deploy new faces in order to get seats in the Parliament, but that a plurality voting system will decrease their chances to win.

The newly adopted constitution bans parties based on religions. In article 74 it says “no political activity may be practiced and no political parties may be formed on the basis of religion or discrimination based on sex, or origin, or on a sectarian basis or geographic location.”

According to the constitution, the Parliament will have more than 450 elected members and candidates must be Egyptian citizens, and not less than 25-years old at the date of beginning their candidacy.

The Parliament approves the state budget, which must be submitted to them at least 90 days before the start of the fiscal year. It also has the right to institute a vote of no confidence in the prime minister, or his or her deputies or ministers.

According to the constitution, the president cannot dissolve Parliament except after conducting a public referendum. Former President Adly Mansour issued a presidential decree on June 2 to adopt the parliamentary elections law draft.

The decree stated that the Parliament will have 480 members elected by a plurality voting system and 120 members elected by a quota system. Every quota list in the election should have at least three women, three Christians, two farmers and workers, two youth, one with special needs and an expat as candidates.

According to the law, candidates are not allowed to change their political association after being elected or they will be removed from their parliamentary seat. Also, candidates are not allowed to be assigned as ministers, governors or police or military officers unless they resign their seat.

Nour Party leader Tareq el-Sahry told Youm7 Tuesday that the party requested President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi change the percentage of quotas and the plurality system. His statements came after the party held a small workshop Monday to discuss the new parliamentary elections and discuss political alliances.

Two-thirds of the 2012 Parliament members were elected through the list system and the rest by the plurality system.

The Democratic Alliance list headed by the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, won 233 seats while the Nour Party got 112 out of a total of 498 seats.

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