CAIRO: The opening session of Egypt’s parliament kicked off Sunday, with a total of 596 members to swear in during the first procedural session.
The session was headed by the parliamentarian Bahaa Abu Shaqqa since he is the oldest member with 77 years old. The session is expected to last for more than five hours.
It began with narrating President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s decision to convene the first parliamentary session.
After swearing in, members who desire to run for the position of the parliament’s speaker will submit their requests. The winner has to gain (50 percent+1) of the total votes. A committee of three to seven members will be formed to supervise the voting process.
Another voting will be held to choose two undersecretaries of the elected parliament speaker. Then the speaker will determine a date for another procedural session to choose heads of the parliament’s specific committees.
In the early morning of Sunday, the parliamentarians and employees flocked into the headquarters of the House of Representatives in Cairo to attend the first procedural session.
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 were appointed by the president.
This will be the first time the country’s legislators have convened in more than three years. The previous parliament was dissolved in July 2012.
By having a parliament, Egypt has completed the future road map, which started with the 2014 constitution referendum and the presidential elections.