CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al Sisi congratulated the Egyptian people Sunday on the occasion of the House of Representatives’ first session, Youm7 reported.
In a Sunday presidential statement, Sisi “wished success to the newly-formed parliament” which is the third and final step in the road map announced following the ouster of former Mohamed Morsi in June 2013, according to Youm7.
The president expressed his confidence that the Egyptian parliament would achieve the ambitions of the Egyptian people calling on its members to “fulfill their legislative duties and resume the parliament’s important role in Egypt’s political life.”
The statement was released while the parliament’s 596 deputies were uttering the constitutional oath during the first procedural session held Saturday.
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 appointed by the president.
Saturday’s session is the first time for Egypt’s parliament to convene since the dissolution of the Islamic-dominated parliament in 2012