More than 22 apply to fill Okasha’s vacant parliamentary seat
Member of Parliament Tawfik Okasha

CAIRO: More than 22 people have applied to run for a vacant parliamentary seat representing Talkha and Nebaroh towns in Dakahlia after lawmaker Tawfik Okasha was expelled from his seat, Youm7 reported Thursday.

The applications were submitted to the High Elections Committee; the deadline to apply is on Saturday.

During a parliament session March 2, the Egyptian House of Representatives voted to revoke Okasha’s membership for “violating the ‎principle of the separation of powers and disrupting ‎Egypt’s parliamentary rules,” parliament speaker Ali Abdel-Al was quoted as saying by Youm7.

The decision came following Okasha’s meeting with Israeli ambassador to Cairo Haim Koren, which stirred public controversy and outrage among MPs who called the move as a “sign of normalization” with Israel.

Okasha, who is challenging his expulsion before the Cassation Court, won the highest number of votes among independent candidates in his electoral constituency of Talkha and Nebaroh in Egypt’s Delta governorate of Daqahlia, with over 90,000 votes. He was dismissed less than two month after the long-awaited Egyptian parliament first convened in January this year.

Okasha’s TV channel was ordered closed for a year for “violating the code of honor,” and he was banned from travelling pending investigations over falsifying his doctoral degree certificate.

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