Egypt to hold parliamentary elections in March 2015

Jan 9, 2015 16:22 IST

Egypt will hold parliamentary elections for House of Representatives in two phases. The decision was announced by the Egypt election commission on 8 January 2015.

The first phase of election will be conducted from 22 March 2015 to 23 March 2015. The second phase of election will be conducted from 26 Aril 2015 to 27 April 2015.

Egypt will hold the parliamentary elections for 567-member House of Representative. Out of 567 seats 27 will be elected by the President. The remaining 540 seats will be distributed between 420 members, to be elected individually by voters, and 120 seats allocated to party lists.

Earlier in December 2014, President of Egypt Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi ratified the Electoral Constituencies’ law to pave the way for parliamentary elections of 2015.

Since June 2012, Egypt has been without a parliament when a court dissolved the democratically elected main chamber, reversing a major accomplishment of the 2011 uprising, which outsed autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Hosni Mubarak was a long term President of Egypt for 30 years.

The parliamentary election is the final step in a political road map of Egypt announced by the then defence minister Al-Sisi in July 2013 after ousting Islamist Mohamed Mursi, first democratically elected president of Egypt following mass protests against his troubled rule. In lieu of this, an Election Law was approved by the Interim President Adly Mansour in 2013.

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