President to chose 5% of MPs in Egypt's new electoral law

567 seats, 420 for independent candidates

11 December, 19:51

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, DECEMBER 11 - The Egyptian government has approved a new electoral law ahead of parliamentary elections, the final phase of the 'post-Morsi' transition roadmap.

    The elections had initially been scheduled for this autumn but were postponed until spring. The new People's Assembly will have 567 seats, including 420 allocated to independent candidates and 120 to party lists.

    The president will have the right to appoint 5% of MPs (27), reports Al-Ahram Online. Minority quotas include 24 seats for Christians, 8 for expatriates, 8 for the disabled and 21 for women. The new draft has been referred to ‎the state council's department of legislation for ‎final revision of constitutional and legal terminology, a process that is expected to take only a few days, according to the Egyptian daily. The law will then be ratified by Egypt's President, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, who currently holds all legislative powers until the new parliament is sworn in. The elections law has been ''criticised by a variety of political forces and parties for the allocation of most of the parliament's seats to individual candidates and closed party lists'', reports Al-Ahram. (ANSAmed).

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