The House of Representatives resumed discussion on the revision of its internal organisational chart in Monday’s legislative session.
A committee headed by MP Bahaa El-Din Abou Shoka was tasked with reviewing the former chart and introducing updates and amendments to the organisational practice according to the Egyptian Constitution of 2014.
To expand the regulatory purview of the parliament the committee has suggested to increase the number of internal committees from 19 to 28, as reported by the parliament’s official website on 14 February. The new committees that may be added include those that focus on African affairs, small and medium enterprises (SME), higher education, scientific research, and media.
After the committee approves its internal regulations chart, the parliament must elect committee leaders to oversee each of the respective internal committees.
The presentation and review of the ministerial cabinet’s comprehensive programme is contingent upon the completion of the internal regulations chart and the election of the internal committees.
According to the procedure set forth in the Egyptian Constitution, upon the formation of the new parliament, the current government must resign or present a comprehensive programme detailing its forthcoming plans to confirm its political mandate.
Meanwhile, Parliament Speaker Ali Abdul Aal addressed the Arab Parliament on Sunday. In the past week, he also received Kuwaiti and Emirati parliament speakers and attended a meeting between President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and the Pan African Parliament.
Earlier in February, Abdel Aal visited the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and participated in the tenth Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean on 18 and 19 February in Tirana, Albania.
According to news reports published Sunday, an IPU delegation arrived in Cairo to study and discuss the needs of the Egyptian parliament and the possible establishment of an IPU-sponsored institute for parliamentary studies, in collaboration with their Egyptian counterparts.