Egypt restores frozen membership at IPU
The Egyptian parliament. Youm7 archive.

CAIRO: Egypt has officially restored its suspended membership in the Inter-Parliament Union, Youm7 reported.

The delegation is taking part in the 134th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly; Egypt’s membership has been frozen in 2013 following the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 and the dispersal of the pro-Muslim brotherhood sit-ins of Rabaa andNahda in August in the same yea.

On March 12, a delegation from the IPU, headed by senior adviser Ambassador Mokhtar Omar arrived in Cairo for talks on restoring Egypt’s membership.

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. In 2015, the parliament elections were carried out to choose 596 members: 448 were elected as independents, 120 through the winner-take-all party lists system, and 28 seats appointed by the president.

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