Egypt’s parliament to hold 1st session before 2016: Sisi
Egyptian Parliament - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The first session of Egypt’s newly elected parliament is due to take place before the end of December, President Abdel Fatah al-Siai announced in a meeting with Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament Nikos Voutsis in Athens Thursday.

Egypt’s House of Representatives comprises of 596 members, with 448 elected as independents, 120 through the winner-take-all party lists system, with 28 seats to be appointed by the president.

Sisi is expected to appoint the 28 members next week, official sources told Youm7 Friday.

The overall turnout in the parliamentary elections, which took place in October and November stood at 28.3 percent, head of the High Elections Committee (HEC) Ayman Abbas announced in a news conference last week.

A total of 15,206,010 out of 53,786,762 eligible voters had cast ballots, said Abbas.

Egypt has not had a parliament since June 2012, after the Islamist-dominated People’s Assembly was dissolved per a court order about six months after its election.

The parliamentary elections are the final step in a road map set out by then-Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah al Sisi in 2013 when the army ousted President Mohamed Morsi from power following a mass protest against his rule.

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