Egypt- 'Dodged' decrees raise doubts over constitutionality

(MENAFN- Daily News Egypt) The review procedures of passing laws in the House of Representatives applied Sunday by Parliamentary Speaker Ali Abdel Aal have raised concerns on the constitutionality of the laws passed.

MP Khaled Abdul Aziz, member of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party (ESDP), complained about not being given the floor when MPs requested to speak. "There was an unjustifiable distribution of the floor and the speaker often disregarded MPs demands to speak," he told Daily News Egypt Monday.

Abdul Aziz claimed that there were attempts to prompt MPs to vote. "For instance when the law on terrorist entities came up, the operator, a parliament employee, directed MPs by telling them that he believes the law should obtain a majority of approvals," he said.

As to the regulations governing MPs requests of the floor, Abdul Aziz explained that all requests are to be sent to the parliamentary speaker before the commencement of the day's session. However, MPs have received notification of the decrees to be discussed during parliamentary sessions with little time allowed to prepare for debate on the floor or to issue a request to speak.

When speaking to Daily News Egypt an hour before the commencement of Monday's session, Abdul Aziz had not received Monday's session schedule which announces those decrees to be addressed.

The parliament is supposed to approve and pass almost 340 laws within 15 days, due to a constitutional article that has been the source of various interpretations within the parliament and by constitutional law experts.

Daily News Egypt

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