Sisi tells Spanish FM parliamentary elections to be held by year’s end
Egyptian Parliament - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi told Spanish Foreign Minister José García-Margallo y Marfil Sunday during their meeting that the State is preparing for parliamentary elections to be conducted before the end of the year, Youm7 reported.

The meeting was held Sunday to discuss several internal and international issues including Gaza and current events in Egypt.

The upcoming preliminary elections represent the third part of Egypt’s roadmap that was announced by Sisi after the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

Parties and politicians are preparing several alliances to run for the elections, including former Arab League President Amr Moussa, who has supported a popular campaign to run in the upcoming parliamentary election so he can be elected the head of the new legislative body,  according to a statement by the “Bi El Al Amr, Amr” (Order Amr) campaign earlier this month.

The Tamarod movement involved with the ousting of Morsi also announced earlier this month that they are going to organize a new party called “The Arabic Popular Movement.”

Al-Shorouq reported Thursday that former presidential candidate and Popular Current leader Hamdeen Sabbahi said he will not run in the elections.

There has been criticism directed at the parliamentary elections law by women’s rights organizations and NGOs,  as they are unsatisfied with the number of seats reserved for women.

“The new law is not satisfying for women’s ambitions, and contradicts the principles of equal opportunity issued by the Constitution,” said Margret Azar, a member of the National Women’s Council according to Al-Masry Al-Youm last June. “It excludes women from the political scene.”

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