Egypt Independent

Parl’t committee approves request to amend constitution

The General Committee of the House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a request to amend the Egyptian constitution and referred it to the General Session for a vote.

Speaker of the House of Representatives Ali Abdul Aal on Sunday referred a request submitted by more than one-fifth of the parliament members to amend the constitution to the General Committee for discussion.

The pro-government parliamentary coalition Support Egypt, which controls a majority of 350 seats in the House of Representatives, has proposed the amendments after discussing the matter during a meeting for its political bureau on Sunday.

Coalition head Abdel Hadi al-Qasabi said that that the discussions unanimously agreed on the importance of amending certain constitutional articles. It was proposed to add a new parliamentary chamber under the name of the Senate (formerly known as the Shura Council), a woman quota in the parliament of 25 percent of the members, extending the presidential term in office from 4 to 6 years, and the appointment of one or more deputies to the president.

The 25-30 parliamentary bloc, which includes 16 MPs, announced its rejection to the amendments. At a press conference held at the Nasserite Party headquarters on Monday, 10 members of the party called on President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to reject it.

Egypt’s 2014 constitution was drafted by a committee included representatives from different political entities drafted a Constitution that grants more powers to parliament than to the president in a quasi-parliamentary political system.

The 2014 Constitution was approved by 98.1 percent of the 20 million people who voted, out of a total of 53 million eligible voters.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm