Egyptian parliament allocates 25% of its seats to women
London, June 16, 2020 (AltAfrica)-From next election, 25 percent of parliamentarians in Egypt, the North African country will be women
This is because the Egyptian parliament on Sunday approved an amendment to an article in the constitution setting the number of MPs at 568 and giving women 25% of the seats, according to a report by the English-language publication, Egypt Today.
Currently, there are 89 women parliamentarians in the country marking the highest female representation in Egypt’s parliamentary history.
The last parliamentary elections saw voters elect 75 women out of a possible 568 seats in the new House of Representatives, women’s representation increased after President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi appointed an additional 14 female members.
The 89 female members in parliament make up 14.9 percent of available seats, which is considered a giant “leap” in women’s representation
But that is set to increase to 142 with the new amended constitutional article allocating 25 percent of parliamentary seats to women
Egyptian women were first given the right to run for parliament in 1956, making them the first to be granted suffrage rights in the Arab world.
According to Daily News, the amended article three stipulates that 50% of this number, or 284 MPs, will be elected via the individual electoral system, with the remaining 284 MPs to be elected through the closed list system.
As per the new amendment, five per cent of the members would be appointed by the president instead of being elected.
The amendments were drafted and submitted by the parliamentary majority, Support Egypt coalition, last week, reported Daily News Egypt.
The approval comes after parliament rejected a number of amendments, including changing the number of MPs.
Sunday’s approved amendment came as part of other amendments approved via public referendum in 2019, reported English-language daily news publication, Arab News.
The approved articles also included the expanding of the two presidential terms allowed for any president, from four years to six.
Furthermore, a separate transitional article gives an exceptional right to incumbent president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who was re-elected in 2018, to run for a third six-year term after he finishes his second term in 2024 instead of 2022.
Meanwhile, Egypt Today reported that parliament’s legislative committee last week gave a preliminary approval on a draft law on the formation of the country’s reinstated senate.
The approval came after the draft law was widely hailed by the committee members, who affirmed that it complied with the constitutional articles in light of the latest amendments.