New Parliament In Egypt Holds First Session
The newly elected Egyptian parliament held its first session on Monday, marking the opening of the first parliament since the president Mubarak was ousted by the unrest in January 2011. The new parliament also marks the keeping of the promise the generals have made to have a parliament in January, but is also an opportunity for the Islamists to assert themselves as the most important political force in the nation, as they were confirmed by the elections held between November and January.
The Islamists seem to be the first to have gain from the Arab Spring which engulfed the region of North Africa. They won in Tunisia, in Egypt and are expected to have a good score in elections.
One of the most important tasks of the new parliament is to appoint 100 people to draft a new constitution for Egypt. The new constitution will have to be submitted to vote in a nationwide referendum.
The next step will be to hold presidential elections, which are to be organized before June, when the military is expected to step down and hand over power.
The Muslim Brotherhood, which was most of its history outlawed by Mubarak’s regime, won almost half of the seats in the new parliament and are expected to cooperate with the military in order to share power.
The ultraconservative Salafis won a quarter of the votes in the parliament, and the secularist and leftist parties won 10 percent of the votes.
The Islamists showed their power in the parliament on Monday, as many lawmakers appeared in the parliament wearing turbans, and robes and beards. They said they had a right to be there like that because the parliament was an Islamist one.11