Egypt the Shura Council approves electoral law


CAIRO Egypt Shura Council, the upper House of the Parliament, adopted on Thursday an electoral law as amended by the Constitutional Court, clearing the way for the President Mohammed Mahalla to a date for the Parliament elections.

Mahalla is expected to ratify the electoral law of 25 February and announce votes will be held in about two months time to decide of the House of Commons, disbanded last year after the original law used to choose it was unfair, the Court held.

The new meeting room is probably have to decide on hard economic measures that the International Monetary Fund is demanding in exchange for a loan of 4.8 billion that Egypt should an economic crisis.

On Monday the Constitutional Court demanded changes to five articles of the revised electoral law. The Shura Council accepted this ruling and the legislation adopted without a vote.

"The decision of the Constitutional Court is binding and we have no right to vote on it. It must be implemented, "said Ahmed Fahmy, President of the Council.

The new law bars members of Parliament from their political preferences change once they are chosen. Under deposed president Hosni Mubarak, were independents often circumstances into joining the ruling of the National Democratic Party (NDP), which Parliament and the political life before the revolution 2011 monopolized.

The law also stipulates that a third of the lower House must be appropriate for independents and prohibits former members of the now defunct NDP from participating in politics for at least 10 years.

Elections will probably be held in more than one stage in different regions by a shortage of poll supervisors.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian Government plans within a week to join an International Monetary Fund mission for consultation, Planning Minister Ashraf al-Araby said on Thursday, signalling an immediate resumption of negotiations on a loan of 4.8 billion dollars.

Egypt reached a first agreement with the IMF on the loan agreement in November but final ratification in December postponed because of political turmoil at the time.

Araby told "God willing, we expect to join the IMF-delegation within days," a press conference. Asked to be more specific, he said: "within days, not more than a week." Meanwhile, Egyptian prosecutors an award-winning writer have questioned about allegations that he insulted religion, in the latest of a series of cases to cause concern about freedom of expression in Egypt Islamistrun.

Writer Youssef Ziedan said he had this week have been questioned for four hours about his 2009 novel "Arab theology", which has become a best seller since it was published again recently.

The prosecutors were a three-year-old report from the Islamic Centre, a body of religious scholars, who said statesponsored ziedan followers of Islam, Christianity and Judaism was right offended.

Ziedan asked why the authorities examine "Arab theology", which discusses the origins of religious violence, while Egypt with major political, social and economic problems.

"It was really shocking and strange to find myself talking about philosophy with State security agents, especially now at the State of extreme turmoil and violence on the streets that are the focus of their work needs," Ziedan told Reuters after his interrogation on Tuesday.

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