World Bulletin / News Desk
Egypt's outgoing interim President Adly Mansour on Thursday approved two laws to regulate the upcoming parliamentary elections, the final step in a transitional roadmap imposed by the army upon last year's ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi.
The two laws - the political rights law and the parliamentary elections law - take the stead of laws regulating parliamentary elections in this country since the 1980s, according to a presidential statement.
It said the parliamentary elections law limits to 540 the number of seats in the Egyptian parliament, including 120 that will be filled by candidates in party lists. The remaining 420 seats that will be filled by members elected from individual candidacy lists.
The parliamentary elections law makes it necessary to designate 56 of the 120 seats dedicated to the party lists for women, the presidential statement said.
The law also gives the president the right to directly appoint 5 percent of the parliament members.
The date for the parliamentary elections has yet to be decided, but some observers expect the elections to be held before the end of this year.
The approval of the new laws comes only hours before Mansour, who was installed by the army following Morsi's ouster in last July, hands over the reins to president-elect Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who is due to be sworn in on Sunday.
Al-Sisi, who led the army's move in ousting Morsi, made a decisive victory in the presidential elections held last month.Last Mod: 06 Haziran 2014, 09:52