New government to present agenda at Parliament Sunday
Newly-elected MPs to attend 1st session of Egypt's parliament

CAIRO: Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail will preview his new government’s agenda at the newly elected House of Representatives (Parliament) Sunday, seeking to get a vote of confidence, according to a statement issued Thursday by the Secretariat of the House.

After presenting the government’s agenda, speaker of the parliament Ali Abdel-Aal will refer the agenda to a parliamentary committee tasked to consider it within 10 days, per the 2014 Constitution.

Within 20 days starting from the issuance date of the committee’s report, the lawmakers will vote for or against granting the government their confidence.

Ten new ministers were sworn in Wednesday before President Abdel Fatah al Sisi and Ismail, in a limited reshuffle that increased the number of portfolios to 34 from 33.

Egypt had gone without 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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