Egyptian House approves article granting women 25% of parliamentary seats

Baku, June 15, AZERTAC

The Egyptian Parliament has approved an amendment to an article in the constitution setting the number of MPs at 568 and giving women a quota of 25 percent of seats, according to Egypt Today.

Five percent of the members at the most shall be appointed directly by the president rather than be elected.

The approval comes after the Parliament has rejected a number of amendments, including changing the number of MPs.

The approved amendment comes as part of other amendments approved via public referendum in 2019, including adding 10 new articles and amending 14 others, while an article was added to repeal the titles of two chapters of the constitution.

The approved articles expand each of the two presidential terms allowed for any president to six years instead of four, while a separate transitional article gives an exceptional right to incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who was re-elected in 2018, to run for a third 6-year term after he finishes his second term in 2024 instead of 2022.

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