The train of the Egyptian parliament reached half the term of the first session of the first legislative term of the House of Representatives. During this period, the Egyptian parliament witnessed a movement at the legislative and oversight levels, as well as at the level of discussions within the committees, especially on civil service laws, the press and the media, local administration, building churches, and others The laws affecting the life of the Egyptian citizen have not been issued yet, and for the sixth consecutive month, of any completed legislation of these important legislations, although most committees have completed preparing their reports on a number of required legislations, which promises that we may witness momentum in the legislative performance of the Council during the rest of the The current session.
This sixth report comes within the framework of the Maat Foundation for Peace, Development and Human Rights follow-up of the parliamentary performance by monitoring and analysis within the framework of the Foundation’s keenness to build a real legislative institution that can work to realize the dreams of the Egyptian people. The report covers the period from 11 June 2016 to 10 July 2016.
This report is based on an aggregate of what has been published on news sites specialized in parliamentary affairs, as well as statements and interviews of MPs, television and press, and their personal pages on social networking sites.
The report focused on monitoring the legislations approved or discussed by parliament during the period it covers, and the report also monitors the oversight role of parliament on the performance of the state’s executive bodies and the relationship between parliamentarians and executive bodies. The report also displays foreign visits to the parliament and also the parliament’s reception of diplomats from other countries at the official level.
First: The legislative performance of Parliament:
This month witnessed the issuance of the approval of the general budget of the state and the issuance of a number of legislations, while the legislation that was hoped to be issued and headed by the law of civil service, the law of civil societies, the press and media law, the amendment of the demonstration law and also the unified law of places of worship in light of successive crises due to a situation The mobilization that society is going through for not issuing this law is a challenge despite the constitution obligating Parliament to issue a law for places of worship in the first session.
Also, the people and the political and civil forces are still waiting for the forms of the local administration law, which everyone considers the last building block in the stability of the Egyptian situation after many crises that the country has gone through over the past five years, which also necessitates the issuance of the law of the administrative division of the state and the law establishing the National Elections Commission . In contrast, the most prominent proposals and draft laws discussed by Parliament were as follows:
• The House of Representatives approved a draft law to approve the economic and social development plan, and the draft budgets of the entities included in the state's general budget for the fiscal year 2016-2017.
• The House of Representatives approved a draft law linking the state budget 2016-2017, its general visas attached to the draft law, and draft laws linking the budgets of economic public bodies and financing funds of an economic nature for the fiscal year 2016-2017 and the visas attached to it.
• The House of Representatives approved the draft law on the estimates of the budget chapters of the National Authority for Military Production, and the detailed draft budget for the House of Representatives 2016-2017 and its visas.
• The House of Representatives approved the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Decision No. 134 of 2016 linking the budget of the National Authority of the Radio and Television Union for the fiscal year 2016-2017.
• The House of Representatives approved a bill to permanently cancel daylight saving time. And in the absence of any comments from the State Council on the law from the side of the review drafting. And 121 deputies had previously submitted a bill to cancel the daylight saving time.
• The Media and Culture Committee in the House of Representatives headed by Osama Heikal approved a draft law submitted by MP Mustafa Bakry, amending some provisions of Law No. 96 of 1996 in the matter of organizing the press, which gives the president the right to temporarily form the Supreme Council of the Press, pending the issuance of the law regulating the press and media .
• The House of Representatives approved Presidential Decision No. 25 of 2016 regarding amending some categories of customs tariffs contained in Presidential Decree No. 184 of 2013.
• The House of Representatives approved a bill amending some provisions of Law No. 394 of 1954 regarding weapons and ammunition. The draft law included three articles. Article 33 was amended by increasing the licensing fee to be five hundred pounds for the first weapon instead of four hundred piasters and five hundred pounds for every other weapon instead of two hundred and one thousand Egyptian pounds for the temporary license for tourists instead of one hundred piasters in addition to increasing the renewal fee to be Five hundred pounds instead of three hundred piasters for the first weapon and a thousand Egyptian pounds instead of one hundred and fifty piasters for every other weapon.
• The House of Representatives approved a bill amending some provisions of Law No. 46 of 1978 in the matter of achieving tax justice. Where the text of the first paragraph of Clause 4 of Article No. 31 of Law No. 46 of 1978 regarding the achievement of tax justice is replaced by the following text: Travel tickets abroad for flights that start from the Arab Republic of Egypt, the beneficiary bears an amount of (400 pounds), in relation to the first class and class Businessmen and (150 pounds) for the economy class. This tax is also applied to free tickets, and the free ticket recipient bears this tax.
• The House of Representatives approved the President's decision to draft Law No. 143 of 1994 regarding civil status. This came after the report of the Defense and National Security Committee confirmed that the Civil Status Law was issued on June 7, 1994, including imposing some fees for the performance of service for the resources of the Civil Status Department, and no fees have been increased on the sources of the civil status sector, as well as for the performance of service since And given that the Constitution in its Article No. 38 Paragraph 2, which stipulates that public taxes shall not be established, modified or canceled except by a law and exemption from them may not be made except in the cases stated in the law and no one may be assigned to pay other taxes or fees except in Limits of the law.
• The House of Representatives approved the President's decision with a bill to amend the provisions of the Law on Cases of Appeal Procedures before the Court of Cassation promulgated by Law No. 57 of 1959, after the failure to vote on the law five times due to lack of a quorum, as 402 members approved the law.
• The Defense and National Security Committee of the House of Representatives approved a number of amendments to the provisions of Law No. 58 of 1978 regarding mayors and sheikhs, foremost of which is that the age of the candidate should not be less than 30 years of age on the day the candidacy is opened, in order to encourage young people. Provided that he has performed or exempted from military service, and is residing in the village in which his candidacy will be announced, provided that he follows with them the conditions of preference. The amendments also allowed the mayor or sheikh to occupy the service for 4 periods, and it may be extended for another period according to his health condition.
• The House of Representatives finally approved the President's decision to amend some categories of customs tariffs on the number of 617 tariff lines, approximately 9%, from the tariff lines of the Harmonized System, and the approval came without any opposition.
• The Suggestions and Complaints Committee held a meeting to discuss a proposal for a law submitted regarding the extension of the work of the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Law No. 136 of 2014 regarding securing the protection of public and vital installations, in the presence of representatives of the Ministries of Defense, Interior, and Justice, who have expressed their approval of the proposal for a draft law.
In the same context, the House of Representatives announced that it continued to discuss with it some international agreements signed by the President of the Republic to ratify them, including:
• Parliament approved Presidential Decree No. 22 of 2016 regarding approval of the economic and technical cooperation agreement between the Egyptian government and its Chinese counterpart signed in Cairo on November 16, 2015. The Undersecretary of the Joint Committee from the Economic Affairs Committee and the Office of the Foreign Relations Committee, Dr. Mohamed Ali, presented a report on the agreement, explaining that it is a step on the way to boosting economic and trade relations between Egypt and China, which is a matter that should be maximized in the future.
• The House of Representatives approved Presidential Decree No. 166 of 2016 regarding approval of a grant agreement to contribute to the response plan to the Syrian refugee crisis in Egypt from the grant allocated by the Kuwaiti Fund for Arab Economic Development, with a value of 20 million US dollars to contribute to financing projects aimed at providing educational facilities In the Egyptian regions hosting Syrian refugees to finance the construction and equipping of about 30 multi-stage schools in a number of governorates of the Republic.
• The House of Representatives approved Presidential Decree No. 181 of 2016 approving the Memorandum of Agreement regarding the King Salman bin Abdulaziz Program for the Development of the Sinai Peninsula, signed in Riyadh on 3/20/2016 between the governments of Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
• The House of Representatives approved the loan agreement between Egypt and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development to contribute to financing the sanitation project in the areas adjacent to the Al-Rahawi Bank signed in Kuwait on December 20, 2015 issued by the Presidential Decree No. 89 of 2016 with a value of 45 million Kuwaiti dinars and the duration of the loan repayment 20 and a half years after a five-year repayment period to enhance economic and social cooperation to contribute to financing the project.
Second: The oversight role of Parliament
Parliament had an important oversight role this month, as Parliament formed a fact-finding committee to verify the corruption of Shun al-Qamh, which resulted in uncovering the fraud of the inventory statements, which the officials of the "Family Banker" claimed on the Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road, according to which they had obtained more than 20 thousand tons of wheat. Inventory statements issued by the Agricultural Department at Al-Salhiya, indicating that no wheat was dispensed to this company. The Parliamentary Fact-Finding Committee had formed a delegation of a number of its members to visit the silo at the end of the month of Ramadan, and the delegation revealed that there were more than 20 thousand tons of wheat in stock, which is the equivalent of 56 million pounds and 750 thousand pounds, which is the amount that was paid a few days ago. For the Arab Company for Silos.
The last period also witnessed some representatives submitting briefing requests, urgent statements, and interrogations to the government, the most important of which was the media spokesperson for destroying Egypt's support for the prime minister, under the title: Where is your response, O government, to 173 urgent statements submitted by the deputies?
Also what has been reported against the Minister of Education as a result of the leakage of the general secondary examinations and their results, and many representatives have also submitted requests for briefings, questions and urgent statements on various issues, including:
• Representative Alaa Abdel Moneim, the official spokesman for the Coalition to Support Egypt, asked the Prime Minister, Eng. Sherif Ismail, about the fate of 173 urgent statements submitted by the deputies under the dome, and what the government did about it. The MP indicated that the members of Parliament submitted 173 urgent statements before the Council, including 30 urgent statements on 5/8/2016 on the issue of the Journalists Syndicate in the 57th session, and ten statements on the problems of drinking water, sanitation and service deterioration in hospitals in a 61st session on 5/10 2016, in addition to 26 urgent statements dated 5/6/3016 about the leakage of high school exams and 48 statements in the 70th session of the Minister of Health about the shortage of medicines, the increase in their prices, and the deterioration of health service in public hospitals.
• Undersecretary of the Human Rights Committee in the House of Representatives, Margaret Azar, gave an urgent statement to Eng. Sherif Ismail, Prime Minister and Dr. Khaled Hanafi, Minister of Supply, regarding the increasing rise in food commodity prices, which led to the suffering of the poor and simple citizen.
• Representative Omar Watani, a member of the Energy and Environment Committee in the House of Representatives, made an urgent statement regarding the existence of a real crisis for not appointing a governor for Cairo for more than three months until now. The deputy stressed that there are many problems and crises that the departments in Cairo are suffering from due to the absence of a governor so far since the appointment of its former governor, Jalal Al-Saeed, as Minister of Transport.
• Ahmed Khalil, head of the parliamentary committee of the Nour Party, submitted an urgent statement to the Minister of Foreign Affairs regarding the kidnapping of a group of Egyptians from the village of Al-Batha in Nagaa Hammadi in the Qena governorate while they were traveling to Libya.
• MP Medhat al-Sharif presented an urgent statement on corruption issues in the supply of wheat to the Prime Minister and Minister of Supply. Al-Sharif asked: “Where does the 3.4 billion support for farmers go? While 7 silos were inventoried, the amount of embezzlement reached 250 million pounds, so why do we have 500 points of supply and storage of wheat announced by the Ministry of Supply.
• Representative Amal Rizkallah submitted a request for a briefing on the spread of diseases in the poultry market, as the spread of a number of diseases in the Egyptian poultry market was recently monitored, explaining that it represents a threat to poultry wealth in Egypt, beginning with the "bird flu" virus, and passing through the "mark", Down to "leukosis" or "poultry cancer", which appeared in some governorates, and led to the death of a number of poultry.
• Representative Abdel-Hamid Kamal, a member of Parliament from Suez Governorate, submitted an urgent notification request to Dr. Ali Abdel-Al, Speaker of Parliament, calling for summoning the Prime Minister Dr. Sherif Ismail and 4 ministers “Investment - Manpower - Business Sector - Industry” because of what is happening From the collapse of the Misr Iran Company, one of the important industrial castles for spinning and weaving, displacing thousands of workers and not fighting corruption.
• Distant Mustafa Bakri submitted a briefing request requesting the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs to the House of Representatives to respond to the announcement of the visit of a Turkish delegation to Egypt that includes members of the Turkish Justice and Development Party aimed at reforming relations between the two countries, and stressed that the Egyptian state does not stand against improving Relations with any of the countries, but it is impossible to forget that the Turkish state was in the past and is still in the present as a safe passage for terrorists to cross to all countries of the world.
• Representative Tariq Al-Khouly submitted an urgent statement calling for the Minister of Education to be summoned, following the repeated incident of leaking secondary school exams. With an unprecedented crudeness, what is cast by the presence of a state of skepticism over the examination results, which is incompatible with achieving justice among all, by wasting the effort of the distinguished and hardworking student and his equality with others.
• Ghada Saqr, Secretary of the Culture and Information Committee in the House of Representatives, submitted an urgent notification request, addressed to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Higher Education, regarding the violations of the two declarations issued by Damietta University regarding providing the university with financial degrees, while this requirement was rejected by some departments Scientific, and for the declared financial degrees, given that the university was newly established. And it called for an investigation into the announcement of these financial degrees, which is a waste of public money, given that the university was newly established, in addition to forming a neutral technical committee from the Ministry of Housing to follow up and evaluate the engineering construction of the university in its two stages and the extent of its conformity with technical specifications and the extent of its conformity with the large volume of spending of millions spent on it.
• The Representative, Fayeqa Fahim, submitted a request to be informed of the House of Representatives, addressed to the Minister of Education, regarding non-compliance with the contracts for fixing teachers in Sharkia. As this case concerns more than 25 thousand residents of Zagazig city and neighboring centers of workers and administrators, and the proportion of 5% people with special needs for education, who suffer the most suffering, for receiving a salary of only 70 pounds, under a contract to work as teachers affiliated with the Ministry of Education, by contracting with the governor The late Sharqia, Al-Azzazi, on April 30, 2012.
• Representative Mona Mounir, a member of the African Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives, submitted a briefing request to the Speaker, addressed to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Education, regarding the expatriate teachers' sit-in to demand their return to their governorates, demanding the inclusion of the briefing request for discussion at the next public session, and referring the request to Council competent committee.
• Representative Mahmoud Attia of the West Shubra al-Khaimah District Department submitted an urgent notification request to the Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities, regarding the sewage overflow crisis in the Umm Bayoumi area in Shubra al-Khaimah due to the aggravation of the problem and the daily suffering of the people in a way that hinders their interests.
• Raef Tamraz, deputy of the Parliament's Agriculture Committee, submitted a request to the Minister of Health regarding the absence of doctors in a number of health units in the villages of San Al-Hajar in the Sharkia Governorate, especially since they are closed with chains. .
• Representative Fayez Barakat, a member of the House of Representatives from the Eshmoun district in Menoufia, submitted an urgent briefing request to Dr. Ali Abdel-Aal, Speaker of the Council, to direct him to Dr. Essam Fayed, Minister of Agriculture, regarding the corruption, favoritism and favoritism appointments of 300 veterinarians in Menoufia. Whereas, on the twenty-first of January 2015, the Council of Ministers approved the appointment of 2156 third veterinarian positions in the General Authority for Veterinary Services and the directorates of veterinary medicine in the various governorates of the Republic, based on a request from the Ministry of Agriculture, where the Prime Minister confirmed - according to what is published on the Council’s website Ministers - that there is no favoritism or mediocrity in the appointment, and there will be clear and transparent criteria, and the approval of the appointment came due to the great need in this sector, and the competencies will be appointed, according to the announced controls and standards.
• Representative Muhammad Abdullah Zain al-Din, the deputy of the neighborhood on the future of the homeland, requested an urgent notification regarding the Wardan Institute, as it is located on a large area of up to 150 feddans that includes approximately 38 workshops in different fields, all of which serve the Railways Authority. Severe neglect, as the institute used to include a high school for transportation, which used to receive students who obtained a middle school diploma, and their education was in very precise specialties, in the railways and the number of graduates in it reached 200 students annually, this school has stopped working since 2004.
• Delegate MP Dr. Mohamed Fouad, a member of the House of Representatives for the Omrania Department and the official spokesperson for the parliamentary bloc of the delegation, submitted a request to be informed of the Minister of Supply, after noticing that there were many problems in operating the supply smart cards, listing a number of cards in the black list, and the delay in stopping the damaged cards And lost without known reasons.
• Representative Fayez Barakat, a member of Parliament for Ashmoun Center, submitted an urgent notification request to Dr. Ali Abdel-Aal to direct him to Dr. Khaled Hanafi, Minister of Supply, regarding the complaints of hundreds of families about the loss of names of their family members from the ration card. The deputy indicated that hundreds of families were surprised during the dispensing of the ration courses for the month of June that there were no members of their family on the card, as the supply grocer explained that the supply disbursement system, during the current period, is exposed to repeated falls, due to the failure of the supply dispensing machines.
• MP Akmal Kartam, representative of the Parliamentary Committee of the Conservative Party, requested a briefing to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Interior about the spread of street vendors in the vicinity of the National Theater in Cairo, which is one of the oldest theaters in the Middle East, as well as the Vanguard Theater and the Puppet Theater, and the exploitation of the surrounding wall of the theater by force to display their goods despite the allocation of The fence for stage ads.
• Mustafa Bakry, a member of Parliament, submitted an urgent notification request to Minister of Agriculture Essam Fayed about the reasons for conflict between official authorities (Agricultural Quarantine, Ministry of Agriculture, the Public Authority for Exports and ministries, regarding the ratio of 0051 TP1T of ergot to wheat that was approved by the Egyptian Standard for the year 2005).
Third: Parliament's relationship with the executive and the provision of services.
During the sixth month of his work, parliamentarians continued to be preoccupied with playing the role of elected local councils, as many of them were busy submitting requests to establish schools, develop other projects, or implement pedestrian bridges and pavement projects. This preoccupation is a natural result of the absence of elected popular councils. For example: -
• Representative Magdy Malak, a member of the House of Representatives, announced that the Ministry of Planning and Administrative Reform approved the request submitted by him to demand the paving of the Makhr al-Flood road in the village of Sharouna, starting from the old eastern desert road to the Al-Okdah Bridge.
• Essam Idris, a member of Parliament and a member of the Parliament's Local Administration Committee, announced that Eng. Hanafi Mohamed, the head of the Drinking Water Company in Giza Governorate, agreed to establish 3 water cisterns in the district’s scope to treat the water shortage crisis in the district.
• The journalist, Osama Sharshar, a member of Parliament, inaugurated the Ramadan session at the Sars Al-Layyan Sports Club within the Ramadan sessions that he announced his participation in the opening of, to be an opportunity to open a direct dialogue with young people and listen to their demands and get closer to them, in the presence of members of the club’s board of directors headed by Adel Obeid and the boards of directors Previous.
• Representative Sanaa Barghash, a member of the House of Representatives, said that Dr. Muhammad Sultan, the governor of Al-Buhaira, agreed to the request submitted to renew and replace the drinking water line in the village of “Al-Baranuji” of Damanhour district, after it was mixed with sewage water, which is considered a danger to the people of the village
• Representative Jamal Koush, a member of the House of Representatives, said that the Suggestions and Complaints Committee approved the proposal, at his request, to include 10 villages belonging to the Benha district in the sanitation project.
• Major General Essam Abu Al-Majd, Member of Parliament, confirmed the approval of Dr. Ahmed Emad, Minister of Health, to organize 4 medical convoys, two in the villages of Al-Khodaria, and Tal Muhammad in the Ibrahimiyyah Center, and two in the villages of Al-Zawahiri, and the relationship with the Hehya Center.
• Representative Abdel-Rahman Burai, a member of Parliament for the "Homeland Protectors" party and a member of the House of Representatives Education Committee, on his official Facebook page on the social networking site, announced the approval of the Minister of Education to build a school for talented students east of the Nile.
• Magdy Malak, a member of Parliament for the Free Egyptians Party, obtained approval from the Minister of Education to include Al Amal School for the Deaf and Mute - Atsa - Samalout - Minya in the ministry's budget for the year 2016-2017.
• Mohamed Khalifa, a member of Parliament, said that Khaled Fahmy, Minister of Environment, agreed to provide support to the governor of Gharbia, to raise the accumulations of very old waste at the site of the garbage dump in the city of Tanta, which is located between the Egypt - Alexandria agricultural highway and the Tanta - Mahalla al-Kubra highway on an area of 6 acres. The governorate constructed a service project on the site, a park and a park for the people of Gharbia after removing the waste.
• Representative Ihab Abdel Azim, a member of the House of Representatives, praised the approval of Dr. Ashraf Al-Arabi, Minister of Planning, Follow-up and Administrative Reform, for meeting his demand for an increase in the investments of the General Office of Minya Governorate, with a value of 300 thousand pounds, allocated for the paving of the Marsa road of the village of Zawyat Al-Jadami, east of the eastern mainland, Maghagha district in Minya Up to the village, for a kilometer length, at an amount of 300 thousand pounds, within the current year 2015/2016 plan.
• Representative Samir Rashad Abu Talib, a member of Parliament, announced the approval of the Ministry of Planning to establish two slides in the village of “Atsa Al-Balad” in Samalout district, with a value of one million pounds, and to include it in the plan of the General Office of the governorate of the current year.
• Abd al-Rahim Ali, a member of the House of Representatives, announced the holding of courses to train a number of young people from the Dokki and Agouza constituencies, with the aim of establishing a youth base and creating new cadres who would serve their community and be able to assume political, social and administrative responsibility, in his belief in the role of youth in the progress and advancement of their homeland. And the need for their participation in everything that happens in their homeland, Egypt.
• Haitham Hariri, a member of Parliament and the 25-30 coalition, organized a ceremony honoring the outstanding students in the elementary and preparatory degrees in the Muharram Bey district, in the presence of the Governor of Alexandria, Eng. Mohamed Abdel Zahir, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education in the governorate and a number of executive leaders.
• Representative Saber Abdel-Qawi, a member of the House of Representatives, said that he had succeeded in providing a number of devices needed by the medical analysis department at Ashmoun General Hospital, in order to activate the hospital’s internal department and reduce the burden on citizens, through Major General Mahmoud Yusri, Assistant Minister of Interior, who donated the devices to serve the people Its center.
• Representative Khaled Youssef, a member of the House of Representatives, obtained the approval of the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources to plant piles in the Kafr Shukr Alawi Bridge project, 4 meters from the western bridge of the conciliatory winds, where the General Administration conducted an inspection on the nature, and confirmed that the bridge to be built is an upper bridge located On the conciliatory winds from km 45.250 to km 45.750 left Birr, and the axis of this bridge is a shallow bridge over the conciliatory winds within the city of Kafr Shukr.
• Raafat Abu al-Khair, a member of Parliament, said that Dr. Ayman Abdel Moneim, Governor of Sohag, responded to his request to hold an exhibition “Welcome Ramadan”, in “Bardis”, one of the cities of the governorate, in order to meet the needs of consumer and food commodities at the wholesale price and to alleviate the suffering of citizens.
Fourth: Parliament's foreign relations
• The Arab Affairs Committee, headed by Major General Saad Salim Al-Gammal, Chairman of the Committee, met with Mr. Ken Mo Kai, Deputy Ambassador of Japan in Cairo, and Mr. Masayuki Shimura, Second Secretary at the Embassy. The discussions took place on a number of issues related in their entirety to supporting the Egyptian-Japanese relations, especially with regard to the parliamentary issue, and the importance of strengthening the Egyptian-Japanese friendship committees to coordinate positions between the two sides, especially in the field of parliamentary work.
• Ambassador Mohamed El-Orabi, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, received Mr. Caris Moritzes, Ambassador of the State of Cyprus in Cairo. The meeting dealt with bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to enhance them, especially the parliamentary side, and support Egyptian-Cypriot relations in many areas of concern to the two countries.
• Major General Saad El-Gammal, Chairman of the Arab Affairs Committee, met with the Special Envoy for the Middle East Peace Process Ambassador Pierre Vimont and his accompanying delegation, within the framework of discussions on supporting the peace process in the Middle East in light of President Sisi's initiative to revive the peace process.
• The Defense and National Security Committee headed by Dr. Major General Kamal Amer, Chairman of the Committee, held a meeting with Colonel Tsuya Mita - Japanese Military Attaché and Mr. Hitoshi Ishizuka - Second Secretary of the Japanese Embassy. The two sides discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries, at the parliamentary level.
• The Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by Ambassador Mohamed El-Orabi, Chairman of the Committee, met with a number of ambassadors from Latin America and the Caribbean. The two sides discussed bilateral relations and ways to enhance them. The Latin side expressed its happiness at being in the House of Representatives. The visit began by congratulating the Egyptian side on the completion of the road map. Both sides also referred to the importance of establishing friendship associations between Egypt and Latin American countries, and the Panamanian ambassador invited the Committee on Foreign Relations to attend the expansion ceremony of the Panama Canal. The two sides pointed out the importance of increasing cooperation between Egypt and Latin American countries
• The Egyptian parliamentary delegation, headed by Dr. Ali Abdel-Al, Speaker of Parliament, met with Sergei Naryshkin, Speaker of the Russian Duma in Moscow, and the two sides talked about a number of files, most notably the fight against terrorism and the return of Russian tourism and direct airlines to Egypt. The meeting was attended by a delegation from the Russian Duma, as well as an Egyptian parliamentary delegation, the most prominent of the participants in it, Osama Heikal, Chairman of the Culture, Media and Antiquities Committee, Sahar Talaat Mustafa, Head of the Tourism and Civil Aviation Committee, and Adviser Ahmed Saad Eddin, Secretary-General of Parliament.
Fifth: Council conditions
• Parliament witnessed during the reporting period the leakage of a blatant video clip of one of the deputies on one of the social media programs designated for members of the parliament, and it includes female deputies and a large number of heads of parliamentary committees and bodies, "256 male and female deputies." Through the phone of the deputy, Asma Sharshar, which aroused the ire of the members, and some of them demanded that Deputy Sharshar be transferred to the Values Committee, and in this regard, the Chairman of the Council, Dr. Ali Abdel-Al announced that he would take the necessary measures, and he would notify the Communications Investigator to track who sent this video, and he would notify the Attorney General to investigate the matter So far, the real perpetrator has not appeared, and the deputy has not been referred to the Values Committee, and the matter has not been addressed again !!
• The House of Representatives has witnessed, in recent days, that the deputies of the “Support Egypt” coalition exerted great pressure on the rest of the deputies in order to approve the civil service law, which is facing great rejection within the parliament, as Alaa Abdel Moneim did; The coalition member and his spokesman, conducted several interviews with a number of deputies, especially those who reject the law, and made phone calls to another number of them, to demand approval of the law, and presented to a number of deputies a set of inducements that encourage approval in exchange for providing a number of services to their constituencies. These contacts come in the wake of the state of severe division within Parliament, as many MPs tend to reject the law, as it happened when it was rejected unanimously, even by MPs supporting Egypt last January, as many MPs fear the anger of the people of their constituencies if the law is approved.
• The scene of the absence and leakage of deputies from the plenary sessions in control of the House continued, which prompted the Speaker to announce that the crisis of the deputies ’absence from the public sessions in this way disrupts the laws that are to be issued during the first session. He emphasized that 70% of the freedoms and public powers laws that came in the 2014 constitution are laws that complement the constitution and require a two-thirds majority. He pointed out that this condition is an obstacle set by the 2014 constitution. Then the Speaker justified the absence of deputies, saying, "The phenomenon of absence of representatives exists in the majority of parliaments in the world, but the problem here is the requirement of two-thirds approval that was approved by the constitution for the laws that complement the constitution." Abdel-Al indicated that in the event of the continuing absence of representatives, we will face the problem of ending the first session without concluding the legislative obligations that the parliament has in this period.
Sixth: final conclusions
Six months have passed since the convening of the first sessions of the House of Representatives, and until now the legislations that the parliament must pass in the first session, headed by the law of the High Elections Commission, the law of administrative division, the law of local administration and the law on building churches with the continuing cases of tension and attraction between parliamentarians and some of them, as well as the continuing phenomenon of absence Representatives, however, that same month witnessed remarkable progress and movement in the level of performance of the specific committees, as well as a strong movement regarding the oversight role, as well as the success of the Council in finalizing the approval of the state budget for the 2016/2017 fiscal year.
Also, the interest of many MPs in the direct service role of their departments outweighs their interest in the legislative and oversight role of a general nature, which is due to the continued absence of local councils, as well as the failure of the current local authorities to respond to many citizens' problems.
The continuing phenomenon of the absence of representatives is also one of the bad phenomena that characterized the reporting period, and the parliament must take serious steps through the competent committees to confront this phenomenon.