Parliament to discuss disputed draft statute Feb. 21-24
The Egyptian parliament. Youm7 archive.

CAIRO: Egypt’s parliament will discuss its draft internal statute Feb. 21-24 in general sessions, a few days after a parliamentary committee finalized the draft, Youm7 reported Friday.

Member of Parliament Bahaa Abu Shaka, head of the committee tasked with drafting the statute, told Youm7 that the parliament will tackle the articles of the statute on Sunday, as well as discuss the resignation of MP Serry Siam.

There has been a heated debate over the statute, as some MPs disapprove of an article that only allows a party to form a parliamentary committee if it has no less than five members in the People’s Assembly.

There are also some objections to an article stipulating that a parliamentary coalition may be comprised of at least 120 MPs.

Meanwhile, Siam, who was one of 28 public figures appointed to the parliament by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, has not mentioned the reason behind his surprising resignation.

During the procedural session of Egypt’s newly elected parliament, Siam verbally clashed of the parliament speaker Ali Abdel Aal over the way parliament members should be nominated for the deputy speaker post.

Siam previously served as the head of Egypt’s Court of Cassation and the Supreme Judicial Council.

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