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Egypt's parliament reconvenes after 3 years


Egypt’s parliament comprising 568 elected members has recovered after more than three years and the new legislators are tasked with ratifying over 300 fresh laws.

The new parliament, which is reportedly filled with supporters of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is functioning again after it was dissolved by a court ruling in 2012.

The lawmakers have just 15 days to elect a speaker and two deputies as well as to ratify the over 300 laws.

The last functioning parliament was Islamist-dominated and its term in office was terminated following the ouster of then-president Mohammed Morsi by then General al-Sisi, following massive protests against the president and his Muslim Brotherhood party.

The restoration of the Egyptian parliament signals the return to normalcy in the strategically situated African nation, months after its ties with the United States were restored for the first time since 2009.

Some analysts interpreted the suspension of US arms sales to Egypt as pressure on the Egyptian authorities to improve their human rights record and engage the now banned Muslim Brotherhood group in the political arena.

After Morsi’s ouster thousands were put behind bars and hundreds were sentenced to death. The Muslim Brotherhood was designated a terrorist group by the Egyptian judiciary after al-Sisi came to power.

In August 2015, US secretary of State John Kerry visited Cairo to resume the strategic dialogue with Egypt shortly after Washington delivered F-16 fighter jets to the Arab nation.

It remains to be seen whether the new parliament would review a court ruling that handed the death sentence to Morsi for his involvement in a mass prison break during the 2011 revolution.

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