Egypt to mark 150 years of Parliamentary life

By Muhammad Tahir Hassan

The Egyptian authorities have concluded plans to mark the 150 years Anniversary of the country’s parliament, the oldest in Africa.

The celebration is scheduled to hold at the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh on October 9, 2016.

Apart from being the first in Africa, Egypt’s parliament is ‘the first in the Middle East and Arab world’ and it dates back to October 22, 1866 when the 75-MP Council of Consultative Deputies (Maglis Shura Al-Nuwab) was formed.

The event in Sharm El-Sheikh will be attended by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Egypt’s 596 MPs where the President will deliver speeches followed by a short documentary film on Egypt’s 150-year-old parliamentary life.

According to Egypt’s 2014 Constitution,“the present parliament, inaugurated on January 10, 2016 is the most empowered and diverse parliamentary body with women holding 89 seats in the House of Representatives, making the highest percentage of female representation (14.9 percent) in the Parliament’s 150-year history.’’

Mercy Chukwudiebere