Egypt President Signs Election Law, Paving Way for Parliamentary Vote

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Egypt President Signs Election Law, Paving Way for Parliamentary Vote


Deeb, Sarah El, The Charleston Gazette (Charleston, WV)


CAIRO - Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has endorsed an amended law defining voting districts in this country of more than 50 million voters, his spokesman said Thursday, removing the last hurdle for setting the date for the long-delayed parliamentary elections. Egypt has not had an elected legislature since 2012, when the country's Supreme Court ruled that the parliament's lower chamber was not constitutionally elected.

An earlier version of the law was declared unconstitutional by the same court in March, causing an indefinite delay in parliamentary elections. The court at the time said the law failed to guarantee equal representation for voters, and asked that it be amended.

A judicial official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters, said the reviewed version took into account the Supreme Court's concerns.

He said he hoped the amended law would not be challenged again.

But political groups and rights defenders said the new law was steered by security concerns and ignored demands of Egypt's budding political groups seeking smaller districts to enable them to compete, as well as a higher percentage for representation based on party lists.

El-Sissi's spokesman, Alaa Youssef, said the amended law divides Egypt into 205 districts for individual candidates and four districts for party lists.

According to the law, the next elected lower chamber will have over 560 elected lawmakers, with only 20 percent of them voted in on the basis of a party-list system.

Khaled Dawoud, a spokesman for al-Dustour, one of the new liberal political parties, said the law will produce a legislature reminiscent of the ones under longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak, ousted in a popular uprising in 2011.

"We can't compete, Dawoud said. "They tailored it [the parliament] to be totally loyal to the president.

Egypt's upcoming parliament elections are the third and final step in a roadmap announced by el-Sissi in 2013, when he ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi amid massive protests against Morsi's yearlong rule.

Since then, authorities have cracked down on Islamists, declaring Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, which won majority in the 2012 parliament elections, a terrorist organization and detaining thousands. …

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