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03/14/2018 . By TIMEP

TIMEP’s report on Egypt’s House of Representatives builds on years of data collection and review of political developments as part of the Egypt Parliament Watch project.

06/30/2017 . By TIMEP

Further assessment of Egypt’s House of Representatives is required to determine its democratic representation, according to this report.

01/09/2017 . By TIMEP

In this report, TIMEP assesses the performance of Egypt’s parliament and quality of the legislation it passed during its first session, which ran from January to September 2016.

07/20/2017 . By Mohamed El Dahshan

A television commercial showed beautiful young people walking out on their daily jobs, launching a homemade jam company, a food truck, or a designer furniture store. A voiceover promised that

07/05/2017 . By Osama Diab

Throughout June, the Egyptian cabinet and parliament debated a budget for the 2017–18 fiscal year, which began on July 1. The budget has been referred to in Egypt as the

06/26/2017 . By Mai El-Sadany

TIMEP Nonresident Fellow Mai El-Sadany had an article published in the World Policy Journal‘s Summer 2017 issue, entitled “Justice Denied.” The introduction of her article is excerpted here with their kind permission. The

01/05/2017 . By Erin Fracolli

Various studies and international organizations have noted the benefits of increased women’s representation in government, particularly within authoritarian systems.

09/09/2016 . By Brad Youngblood

A lack of quorum had already forced Egypt’s parliament to recess for 30 minutes when Speaker Ali Abdel ‘Al decided to call for two successive votes by show of hands

08/16/2016 . By Brad Youngblood and Noor Hamdy

The Protest Law bans protests of more than 10 people without government approval and has played an integral role in the state’s detention and prosecution of thousands of demonstrators and activists.

05/10/2016 . By Ragab Saad

Reviewing the positions of the prominent political parties on the plight facing human rights groups helps to clarify the contradictions of their stances on freedom of assembly.

02/03/2016 . By Mai El-Sadany

Tasked with the job of discussing and voting on 341 laws in a period of 15 days, the first assignment facing Egypt’s new parliament was not an easy one. After

01/09/2016 . By Mai El-Sadany

As an Egyptian parliament meets for the first time in nearly four years, a review of executive actions is atop the agenda.

08/13/2018 . By TIMEP

Representative Haytham al-Hariri faced another investigation by the Ethics Committee after conducting an interview with the media outlet al-Araby al-Jadeed.

07/30/2018 . By TIMEP

Speaker of the House Ali Abdel ‘Al announced the end of the third legislative session; the House will be on parliamentary recess until early October.

07/18/2018 . By TIMEP

The special committee in the House of Representatives tasked with debating the cabinet’s agenda approved the program by a vote of 27–4.

07/09/2018 . By TIMEP

Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli presented the cabinet’s agenda to the House of Representatives this week. Madbouli spoke about the major concerns of the cabinet for the next four years.

07/02/2018 . By TIMEP

Speaker of the House of Representatives Ali Abdel ‘Al traveled to Germany this week to meet with prominent members of the German parliament.

06/25/2018 . By TIMEP

President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi appointed his new cabinet following the collective resignation of its members last week, prompting a range of reactions by members of the House of Representatives.

06/18/2018 . By TIMEP

President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi appointed his new cabinet following the collective resignation of its members last week, prompting a range of reactions by members of the House of Representatives.

06/18/2018 . By TIMEP

Fifty-one members of the Free Egyptians Party withdrew from the organization and joined the Nation’s Future Party, making it the largest party in the House of Representatives.

06/12/2018 . By TIMEP

The House of Representatives approved the Cybercrime Law in its entirety after agreeing to it in principle on May 14.

06/04/2018 . By TIMEP

The Nation’s Future Party gained 150 independent-affiliated members from the Association for Egypt, a bloc of unaffiliated representatives.

05/21/2018 . By TIMEP

Five representatives recently traveled to Europe to meet with Representative Muhammad Anwar al-Sadat, who has been increasingly critical of the closed political landscape.

05/14/2018 . By TIMEP

The House of Representatives approved the Budget Committee’s report for the final account of the 2016–17 fiscal year state budget.

05/07/2018 . By TIMEP

The House of Representatives approved the Uber and Careem Law in its entirety.

05/01/2018 . By TIMEP

Thirty members of the House of Representatives from various political affiliations joined the Coalition in Support of Egypt, though some of these representatives asserted their intention to leave the bloc if it reorganizes into an official political party.

04/23/2018 . By TIMEP

Egypt’s finance minister presented the official state budget to the House of Representatives and representatives intensified discussions regarding political party consolidation.

04/17/2018 . By TIMEP

The Communications Committee completed its discussions of all articles of the Cybercrime Law, and subsequently approved all but two articles of the bill.

04/10/2018 . By TIMEP

Summary Political parties ramped up their discussions regarding a massive overhaul of the party system that would consolidate all parties into only a few. Comments from the local administration minister

04/03/2018 . By TIMEP

Summary Members of the House of Representatives participated in last-ditch campaign efforts for the presidential election. A week of ongoing debate led to the passage in committee of a draft

03/26/2018 . By TIMEP

Summary Representatives continued their final efforts to campaign on behalf of President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi. Many parliamentarians intensified their efforts following Sisi’s “People and President” speech, which was lauded throughout

03/19/2018 . By TIMEP

Summary Ahead of the voting held for Egyptians living abroad from March 16–18, representatives and political parties intensified their efforts to reelect President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi. Human Rights Committee Chairman

03/12/2018 . By TIMEP

Summary The House of Representatives will not reconvene in general session until April 2 to allow representatives time to campaign on behalf of their candidates ahead of the upcoming presidential

03/06/2018 . By TIMEP

Summary The BBC published a report critical of human rights abuses in Egypt, prompting several representatives to decry the media outlet along with other Western organizations for their role in

02/26/2018 . By TIMEP

Summary Wafd Party Chairman al-Sayyid al-Badawi received considerable backlash from colleagues in his party following his decision to hold internal elections four days prior to the presidential election. Representatives held

02/21/2018 . By TIMEP

Summary The House of Representatives will hold its next general session meeting on March 4, but it will not meet for any additional sessions for the duration of March to

02/13/2018 . By TIMEP

Summary Download PDF Representatives continued to campaign for President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi ahead of the upcoming election. They encouraged citizens to engage in the election and vote, while denouncing the

02/06/2018 . By TIMEP

Summary The National Election Authority announced the final count of representative endorsements for presidential candidates. Only President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi and Moussa Mustafa Moussa, chairman of the Ghad Party (which

01/30/2018 . By TIMEP

Summary Multiple parties and party leaders discussed presenting last-minute candidates for the presidential election, though only Moussa Mustafa Moussa, chairman of the Ghad Party (which has no seats in parliament),

01/22/2018 . By TIMEP

Summary The House of Representatives returned to recess, which will last until January 28. No legislation can be officially passed until the body reconvenes. Representatives held an emergency session to

01/16/2018 . By TIMEP

Summary The vast majority of representatives reacted to the announcement of the presidential election timetable by officially endorsing President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi for reelection, though he has not publicly stated

01/08/2018 . By TIMEP

Summary The House of Representatives is in recess until January 8. Only committees and the cabinet will discuss or vote on legislation until the full legislature reconvenes. The presidential decree

01/03/2018 . By TIMEP

Summary The House of Representatives is in recess until January 8. Only committees and the cabinet will discuss or vote on legislation until the full legislature reconvenes. The two weeks

12/18/2017 . By TIMEP

Summary This is the last scheduled weekly brief for 2017. Briefs will resume in 2018. The House of Representatives is in recess until December 17. Only committees and the cabinet

12/11/2017 . By TIMEP

Summary Download PDF The House of Representatives met for three days this week and returned to recess until December 17. Only committees and the cabinet will discuss or vote on

12/04/2017 . By TIMEP

Summary Download PDF The House of Representatives passed three laws governing the proposed Dabaa nuclear power plant in an emergency session this week. However, the legislature is still in recess

11/27/2017 . By TIMEP

Summary Download PDF The House of Representatives is in recess until December 3. The body, however, is set to reconvene next week for a special session to vote on three

11/20/2017 . By TIMEP

Summary Download PDF The House of Representatives is in recess until November 19; therefore, only the Cabinet and committees will consider legislation until then. The actions of representatives this week

11/13/2017 . By TIMEP

Summary Download PDF The House of Representatives is in recess until November 19; therefore, only the Cabinet and committees will consider legislation until then. The actions of representatives this week

11/06/2017 . By TIMEP

Summary Download PDF A House of Representatives delegation to the United States met with a number of members of Congress, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, other policymakers, and

10/31/2017 . By TIMEP

Summary Download PDF The House of Representatives passed the new national state of emergency decreed by President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi in the wake of the deadly October 20 attack in

10/23/2017 . By TIMEP

Summary Download PDF Parliament did not discuss or vote on the state of emergency decreed on October 12. The legality of the delayed consideration of the decree is highly questionable,

When, on January 10, 2016, Egypt’s current legislature gathered under the dome of the parliament building, the country completed the final step in its “democratic roadmap.”  This roadmap had been announced in 2013 by Abdel-Fattah El Sisi, then minister of defense, upon the ouster of President Muhammad Morsi. Sisi declared that the transition to democratic rule would require amending the constitution, the selection of a new president (through which Sisi rose to power) and parliamentary elections, held over six weeks in late 2015.

But simply convening as a parliament does not necessarily mean that body is truly engaging in democratic practice; further analysis is necessary to examine the legislative function of the parliament and the ability of representatives to uphold their sworn oath to respect rule of law and the interests of the Egyptian people.

To this end, the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) offers its Egypt Parliament Watch project. Building on the success of its original Legislation Tracker and Parliamentary Election Projects, Egypt Parliament Watch monitors trends and developments in Egypt’s legislative body. Issuing reports, analyses, and regular briefings, the project:

  • Assesses the parliament’s function and performance based on four key indicators:  transparency and public engagement, accountability, balance of powers, and legislative capacity;
  • Tracks legislation issued, with analysis of the content of laws and the process by which they are enacted; and
  • Examines actor dynamics, monitoring key statements and activities in Egypt’s political parties and state bodies.

It is TIMEP’s hope that this project and the analysis found herein will be of use to those interested in Egypt’s progress toward more democratic representation, which was and has been a key demand since the 2011 revolution. As with all of TIMEP’s work, it is intended to inform policies that will support the role of truly democratic institutions as part of a holistic policy program that holds human rights and rule of law as both inherently valuable and integral to security, stability, and prosperity.