Senate (Egypt)
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Egyptian Senate
مجلس الشيوخ
Majlis Alshuyukh
Type
Type
Leadership
President of the Senate
Abdel-Wahab Abdel-Razeq
since 18 October 2020
Structure
Political groups
  Nation's Future Party: 149 seats
  Republican People’s Party: 17 seats
  Homeland Defenders Party: 11 seats
  New Wafd Party: 10 seats
  National Progressive Unionist Party: 4 seats
  Modern Egypt Party: 4 seats
  Reform and Development Party: 3 seats
  Egyptian Social Democratic Party: 3 seats
  Conference Party: 3 seats
  Egyptian Patriotic Movement: 2 seats
  Al-Nour Party: 2 seats
  Eradet Geel Party: 1 seat
  Freedom Party: 1 seat
  Sadat Democratic Party: 1 seat
  Justice Party: 1 seat
  Independents: 88 seats
Elections
Last election
12 August 2020
Next election
2025 Egyptian Senate election
Meeting place
The Egyptian Senate Building - Cairo

President of the Egyptian Senate, Abdel-Wahab Abdel-Razeq
Politics of Egypt
Member State of the Arab League
Constitution (history)
Government
Legislature
Parliament
House of Representatives
Speaker (list)
Ali Abdel Aal
Senate
Judiciary
Supreme Constitutional Court
Administrative divisions
Elections
Recent elections
Presidential: 20142018
Parliamentary: 20152020
Referendum: 20142019
Political parties (former)
Foreign relations
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Minister: Sameh Shoukry
Diplomatic missions of / in Egypt
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The Senate is the upper house of the bicameral​Parliament of Egypt since its introduction in the 2019 Egyptian constitutional referendum and the subsequent 2020 Egyptian Senate election​.​[1]
Contents
1Background
2Members
2.1Term of membership and activities
2.2Candidates criteria
3Powers
4Parliamentary elections
52008 fire
6See also
7References
8External links
Background​[​edit​]
The Shura Council (Arabic: مجلس الشورى‎‎, pronounced [ˈmæɡles eʃˈʃuːɾˤɑ]​, "consultative council") was the upper house of the formerly bicameral Parliament of Egypt. Its name roughly translated into English as "the Consultative Council". The lower house of parliament is the House of Representatives​. The council was abolished by the 2014 constitution.​[2]
The Shura Council was created in 1980 through a Constitutional Amendment​. The Council was composed of 264 members of which 176 members were directly elected and 88 were appointed by the President of the Republic for six-year terms. Membership was rotating, with one half of the Council renewed every three years.
A legal challenge concerning the constitutionality of the Shura Council was to have been considered on 2 December 2012 by the High Constitutional Court,[3] but the court postponed the verdict in response to protests.​[4] Mohamed Morsi's constitutional declaration issued in November 2012 bars the Shura Council from being dissolved by the judiciary.​[5] The constitutional declaration issued by Morsi in December 2012 allowed the Shura Council to be dissolved by the judiciary.​[6] The High Constitutional Court referred the lawsuit to the State Commissioners' Board, which is the advisory board of the High Constitutional Court, on 15 January 2013.[7] The board of commissioners will review the lawsuit on 10 February 2013; after lawyers give the required documents, the board will create a report on the constitutionality of the election law.[8] The report was received 22 April 2013.[9] The formation of the Shura Council was ruled unconstitutional on 2 June 2013.[10] As of early July 2013, 30 members of the Shura Council have resigned.​[11] The Shura Council was dissolved on 5 July 2013.[12]
The amendments that followed the 2019 Egyptian constitutional referendum made the parliament a bicameral body, with the Shura Council abolished in 2014 restored as the Senate, which would consist of 120 elected members and 60 appointed by the president.​[13]
Members​[​edit​]
The Shura Council comprised 264 members, two-thirds (176) of whom were elected by direct ballot, and the remaining third appointed by the President of the Republic. Half of all members were required to be farmers or workers.
Term of membership and activities​[​edit​]
The term membership of the Shura Council was six years. However, renewed election and appointment of 50% of the total number of members was required every three years, and re-election and re-appointment was possible for those members whose terms were expiring. The Constitution provided many guarantees to protect the Council, including:
Candidates criteria​[​edit​]
In accordance with the law, any candidate wishing to be elected to the Shura Council shall meet the following conditions:
The Shura Council member is elected by the absolute majority of valid votes cast in the elections.
Powers​[​edit​]
Although the powers of the Shura Council were not as extensive or effective as the People’s Assembly, its jurisdiction as provided by Articles (194) and (195) of the Constitutions of 1971 and 2012 covers the studying and proposing of what is deemed necessary to preserve the principles of the 23 July revolution and the 15 May 1971 Corrective Revolution. The Shura Council consulted on the following (Article 195):
The council must ratify:
In case of disagreements with the People’s Assembly, a combined committee is formed composed of both chambers’ chairmen and seven members from each chamber. The proposed bill is reconsidered in both chambers. If either still disagrees, the issue is once again in a joint session of both chambers to reach a common statement.
The council is considered on a consultative capacity for:
In this case, the council submitted its decision to the president and the People’s Assembly.
Parliamentary elections​[​edit​]
There are currently many recognized political parties covering a broad political spectrum​. However, the formation of political parties based on religion is prohibited by the Constitution​. Opposition and political pressure groups, like the Muslim Brotherhood​, are active in Egypt and make their views public, and they are represented at various levels in the political system.
The November 2000 parliamentary elections are generally regarded to have been more transparent and better executed than past elections. This is due to the new law put into force establishing universal judicial monitoring of polling stations. On the other hand, opposition parties continue to lodge credible complaints about electoral manipulation by the government. There are significant restrictions on the political process and freedom of expression for non-governmental organizations, including professional syndicates and organizations promoting respect for human rights.
2008 fire[edit]
On 19 August 2008, a huge fire seriously damaged most of the 19th-century palace that houses the Shura Council in Cairo. At least thirteen people were hurt in the fire, which destroyed the parliamentary archive room and several meeting chambers.​[14]
According to the Egyptian Channel 1, 99% of the documents were destroyed in the fire.​[​citation needed]
On 21 November 2009, President Mubarak inaugurated the new Shura Council Building, which was renovated by Al Mokaweloon Al Arab.
See also​[​edit​]
References​[​edit​]
^ "Sisi thanks Egyptians for their 'dazzling' participation in constitutional referendum"​. Ahram Online. 23 April 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
^ "What's in Egypt's proposed new constitution?"​. Al Jazeera English. 14 January 2014. Archived from the original on 22 January 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
^ "HCC to address constitutionality of Shura Council 2 December"​. Ahram Online. 7 November 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
^ "Egypt Constitutional Court postpones all sessions indefinitely"​. Ahram Online. 2 December 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
^ "Politicians divided on Morsy's new constitutional declaration"​. Egypt Independent. 11 November 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
^ El-Dabh, Basil (10 December 2012). "Referendum to decide Shura power". Daily News Egypt. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
^ "Constitution court refers Shura Council case to state commissioners' board". Ahram Online. 15 January 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
^ "Shura Council nullification lawsuit to be reviewed 10 Feb". Egypt Independent. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
^ "Court to rule on Shura Council dissolution in May". Daily News Egypt. 22 April 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
^ "SCC deems Shura Council and Constituent Assembly unconstitutional"​. Daily News Egypt. 2 June 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
^ "Thirty Shura Council members have resigned". Egypt Independent. 3 July 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
^ "BREAKING: Egypt's interim president dissolves Shura Council: State TV". Ahram Online. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
^ Gamal Essam El-Din (15 April 2019). "Frequently Asked Questions about parliament's proposed amendments of Egypt's 2014 constitution"​. Ahram Online. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
^ "Egypt's parliament hit by blaze". BBC News. 19 August 2008. Retrieved 20 August 2008.
External links​[​edit​]
Official website
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