Wildfire smoke helps virus spread, mouthwash helps curb it    UK doctors demand free meals for kids as COVID fuels hunger    Malaysia's king rejects emergency rule in blow to PM Muhyiddin    Tens of people detained, tear gas deployed at protest in west Belarus: RIA    New fighting flares over Nagorno-Karabakh as Aliyev warns against Russian involvement    Klopp praises Liverpool's heart after comeback win over Sheffield    Lampard annoyed Chelsea were denied penalty for Maguire 'headlock'    Polls reopen for second day in Egypt's new House elections    Hodgson hails Palace squad depth after victory over Fulham    Iran's leader urges penalties for COVID offenders    Ethiopia summons US ambassador over Trump comments in dam dispute    UAE merges insurance authority with central bank: Dubai ruler tweet    BREAKING: EU calls for resumption of Ethiopia dam talks    In photos: Egyptian celebrities attend opening of El-Gouna Film Festival's 4th edition    4th El-Gouna Film Festival kicks off despite 'hardships of the cinema industry this year'    Egyptian artefacts among items sprayed with olive oil in several Berlin museums    EgyptAir, Ghana sign MoU to establish national Ghanaian airline    BREAKING: Egypt's central bank dismisses CIB head Hisham Ezz El-Arab over 'serious violations'    Egyptian insurance companies' premiums 9.6% up in five months    Egypt's President Sisi names new head of anti-corruption watchdog    Egypt's c.bank offers 18 bln pounds T-bills on Sunday    EgyptAir offering discounts for some international flights    Egypt records 212 new coronavirus cases, 14 deaths on Saturday    Egypt to require PCR coronavirus tests for airport travelers    Egypt sends 125 tonnes of glass by sea to Beirut    Legend Messi officially wants to leave Barcelona, hands transfer request    Global smartphone sales drop 20% in Q2, yet Apple's iPhone sales steady    Sisi: Egypt keen on establishing development projects with Iraq, Jordan    Egyptian megastar Amr Diab releases new hit music video    Making of Harry Potter will be available for fans at new park in Tokyo    Egypt's Senate elections official results to be announced Wednesday    Netflix Egypt is bringing megastar Amr Diab back with a new original    Egypt reopens Rafah border crossing for first time since April    Egypt's senate elections 2020 trending on social media in few days    African Champions League final will be played on Oct. 16-17, CAF says    No room to delay Egyptian Premier League games – EFA's board member    The Facebook Preacher's Search for Fame, and Egypt's Economy    Egypt calls on UNSC to address oil spill risks off Yemen coast    Egypt economically strong in face of COVID-19, reforms ongoing: International Cooperation Minister    Arafa Holding reports $144,000 COVID-19-related losses in April    Egypt's efforts in Libya to activate free will of Libyan people: Al-Sisi    Hyksos campaigns were internal takeover, not foreign invaders: study    COVID-19 affects Egypt sporting clubs    COVID-19 will soon turn to seasonal like swine flu: Presidential Health Advisor    ‘Egypt's Support' coalition convenes to discuss its Senate election list    Robbery attempt leads to discovery of Ptolemaic monuments in Qena    Flouting international guidance, Ethiopia unilaterally starts filling its Nile dam    Zaha speaks out after online racial abuse    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.





Two Egyptian MPs to compete for head of legislative committee post
Published in Ahram Online on 12 - 10 - 2016

Opposition MPs and high-profile lawyers Alaa Abdel-Moneim and Bahaaeddin Abu Shoka announced Wednesday that they have each decided to stand for the post of head of parliament's legislative and constitutional affairs committee.
MPs are expected to elect the senior members of 25 committees Sunday or Monday.
Parliament's secretariat-general announced Wednesday that "MPs who wish to become members of certain committees should register their names Thursday (tomorrow)." Each MP could join two committees only.
Sunday's plenary session is expected to be adjourned early to allow MPs elect senior members of the 25 committees, with one head, two deputies, and one secretary-general for each committee. The results will be declared the same day.
The leading members of many committees are expected to change amid heated competition among political parties on winning the lion's share of senior posts.
Parliament's influential legislative and constitutional affairs committee is expected to see a heated fight. The committee's failure to reach a decision over MP Ahmed Mortada Mansour's membership of the House of Representatives left committee members divided.
One group, led by lawyer Alaa Abdel-Moneim, criticised the committee's chairman, Bahaaeddin Abu Shoqa, for his failure to implement a Cassation Court ruling invalidating Mansour's parliamentary membership.
Abdel-Moneim told reporters that a good number of MPs asked him to compete for the post of incumbent Abu Shoqa.
"The committee's performance in the first legislative season – which came to an end last September – was poor and indecisive and I intend to bring it back on a sound track," said Abdel-Moneim.
Abdel-Moneim said the Cassation Court ruling invalidating Mansour's parliamentary membership must be implemented. "The committee should show respect for the law and the constitution by implementing this verdict," said Abdel-Moneim.
Abdel-Moneim is a leftist MP and parliamentary spokesman of the pro-government bloc "Support Egypt." He told reporters Wednesday that he has requested to be the bloc's official candidate for the post of the head of the legislative and constitutional affairs committee.
"I hope that my request will be endorsed by the bloc because I am one of its founders and because they know that a lot of MPs support my candidacy," said Abdel-Moneim. He argued that "most of members have become dissatisfied with the performance of the current chairman, Abu Shoqa."
Abdel-Moneim faces strong opposition from rival lawyer and independent MP Mortada Mansour. Abdel-Moneim's insistence that the parliamentary membership of Mansour's son, Ahmed, must be dropped brought him under fire.
Mortada Mansour, who is also chairman of Zamalek Sporting Club, accused Abdel-Moneim of offering bribes to MPs to vote in favour of dropping his son's parliamentary membership.
Abu Shoqa told reporters that he doesn't fear Abdel-Moneim's competition. Abo Shoqa has indicated that MPs affiliated with his party, Al-Wafd, and others support him.
Abu Shoqa strongly denied that "the committee's performance in the first session was poor." "We did a lot and I was able to contain differences among MPs over several serious issues," said Abu Shoqa, adding that "the head of this controversial committee should be as much a wise and neutral man as possible."
Veteran MP and high-profile lawyer Kamal Ahmed may also stand. "I think the head of this committee should be an independent and forceful figure who can settle internal disputes in a firm way," Kamal told Ahram Online.
Ahmed was temporarily banned by the ethics committee from attending some sessions in the first legislative season when he hurled his shoe at former MP and television presenter Tawfik Okasha after the latter dined with the Israeli ambassador in Cairo.
Parliament's legislative and constitutional affairs committee is expected to discuss a number of politically sensitive laws and issues in the new winter season.
Laws aimed at regulating the press, local council elections, and the formation of a national elections commission are just few of many that are expected to be taken up by the committee. The committee will also discuss the controversial agreement that places two Red Sea islands – Tiran and Sanafir – in Saudi territorial waters. Whether the agreement is constitutional will be decided by the committee.


Clic here to read the story from its source.