21 January 2013

Egypt: Expats Upset for Having No Quota in Parliament

Egyptian expatriates in different countries are upset since they were not allocated a quota of seats in the coming parliament, member of the Egyptian Expatriates Union and general coordinator of the Egyptian communities abroad Salah Youssef said on Monday.

Egypt's Shura Council wrapped up on Saturday the parliamentary elections law to present it to the Supreme Constitutional Court for approval.

Youssef, who currently resides in Saudi Arabia's Jeddah, issued a statement saying that the expatriates were surprised to find their demands to be represented in the parliament were not met, the Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported.

The absence of a quota for expatriates in the parliamentary elections law means that 10 million Egyptians living abroad with savings worth $147 billion and investments worth $53 billion will have no parliamentary representation, Youssef said.

Expatriates have responded to the "Support your Country's Economy" campaign which the Egyptian Expatriates Union had launched and transferred sums of their savings that amount to $2.4 billion, he added.

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