Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

24 December 2012

Egypt: Shura Council to Assume Legislative Powers - Presidential Source

Egypt's Shura Council (upper house of parliament) will assume legislative authorities from President Mohamed Mursi after the announcement of the constitutional referendum results.

The quorum of the Shura Council was accomplished after Mursi appointed 90 members to it, which is one-third of the 270-member council.

The upper house will take on the responsibility of adopting several legislations to facilitate the political process after the constitution is ratified, a presidential source told a local newspaper on Monday.

The top priority of the Shura Council will be to draft a new parliamentary elections law that will be referred to the Constitutional Court to review it first to avoid conflict.

The People's Assembly (lower house of parliament) was dissolved in June when the Constitutional Court declared the elections law that brought it to place unconstitutional.

A lower house will be elected within 60 days of the ratification of a parliamentary law in accordance with the new constitution.

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