Egypt’s Sisi signs election law

Egypt’s Sisi signs election law, paving way for parliamentary polls

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Photo by: AA

Egypt’s official gazette reported on Sunday that President Abdel Fattah el Sisi has signed into the law election-related legislation, paving the way to determine a date for long-delayed parliamentary polls.

The election law allocates 448 seats to individual candidates and 120 seats to winner-takes-all lists with quotas for women, youth and Christians.

The previous law allocated 420 seats to individuals and 120 through lists.

Egypt's parliamentary poll was supposed to take place in March, but was delayed after the Constitutional Court ruled part of an election law unconstitutional.

The election is the final step in a political roadmap that the army announced in July 2013 when the armed forces, led by General Abdel Fattah el Sisi, seized control of Egypt by a “military coup” overthrowing the country’s first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi and arresting government officials in the following days along with other top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Morsi has faced a trial to 20 years in jail for al “Itihadeya,” a case in which he and 14 other Muslim Brotherhood leaders were accused of killing 10 protesters and “exercising excessive power” outside Itihadeya Palace in December 2012.

The recent verdict approved his death sentence which was postponed by a court in Cairo until June 16.

Since the military coup with Egypt's new administration under General Sisi, Egyptian courts issued more than 742 death sentences against alleged members of the Muslim Brotherhood and their supporters, according to reports released by Amnesty International.

The pro-Morsi protests continued six weeks following the military coup in Cairo, until armed forces raided and killed hundreds of Morsi supporters on August 14, 2013.

The Human Rights Watch organisation described the raids as “one of the world’s largest killings of demonstrators in a single day in recent history,” which the number of deaths from the Rabaa Square alone was about 2,600 according to the Muslim Brotherhood.

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