New Egyptian Parliament to Begin First Legislative Session on Tuesday


The new Egyptian parliament will convene for its first legislative session this year on Tuesday upon a decree from President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.

According to the decree, the parliament's first legislative term will begin on January 12 at 11am.

The end of the outgoing parliament's five-year term was on Saturday.

In the decree, El-Sisi also named 28 appointees to the 596-member legislative chamber, including prominent media figures and several footballers.

The opening procedural session will see MPs swearing the constitutional oath and electing a speaker and two deputies.

It will be chaired by prominent writer Farida El-Shobashy, who is the eldest member of parliament. She will be aided by two deputies, Fatma Ahmed and Abanoub Ezzat, the two youngest MPs in the House.

Parliamentary elections were held between October and December, with pro-government Mostaqbal Watan sweeping both the party and individual lists.