Egypt celebrates 150th year of parliamentary system

Egypt President, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi

Egypt President, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi

The Egyptian Embassy says the country will celebrate its 150th anniversary of the inception of parliamentary system on Oct. 9.

Mr. Ahmed Akl, Press Attaché of the Egyptian Embassy, said in a statement issued in Abuja that celebration would hold at the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh.

“It will be attended by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi of The Arab Republic of Egypt, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Egypt’s 596 members of parliament.

“President El-Sisi and Speaker Ali Abdel-Aal will deliver speeches followed by a short documentary film on Egypt’s 150-year-old parliamentary life,’’ he said.

He said the 2014 Constitution of Egypt was inaugurated on Jan, 10, describing it as the most empowered and diverse parliamentary body in Egyptian history.

“For instance, women made extraordinary gains and now hold 89 seats in the House of Representatives, making the highest percentage of female representation in parliament’s 150-year history.

“The same is also true about Christians whose number now stands at 39 while the number of political parties represented in parliament rose to 19, with 245 members of parliament (MPs).

He said the third session of the fourth legislative term of the African Parliament would also be held at Sharm El-Sheik from Oct. 9 to Oct. 19, stressing that speakers of key world parliaments would be invited to attend the event.

“Speakers from the Russian, American, European, Chinese and Japanese parliaments will be invited along with the speakers of the Arab parliaments and heads of the international, Arab and African parliamentary unions,’’ he said.

The history of Egypt’s parliament, the first in the Arab, African and Middle East regions, dates back to Oct. 22, 1866 when the 75-MP Council of Consultative Deputies (Maglis Shura Al-Nuwab) was formed.

The council, which was inaugurated during the era of Khedive Ismail (1863-1879), held its inaugural meeting on Nov. 25, 1866.

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