Katatni: Our Meeting with Ganzouri to Coordinate Legislative Agenda
Dr. Mohamed Saad Katatni, Secretary-General of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), stated that the meeting which took place Saturday between Dr. Mohamed Morsi, FJP Chairman, and Dr. Kamal Ganzouri, the Prime Minister, also attended by Dr. Katatni, discussed coordination and compatibility between the parliament and the government regarding the management of the transitional phase, which requires agreement between the legislative and executive authorities.
In a special statement, Dr. Katatni said that the current situation in Egypt is different from normal political situations elsewhere: “We have a majority that is not represented by a government, and a government that is not based on a parliamentary majority, which requires reconciling issues between the government and Parliament, especially with regard to urgent legislative agenda that needs consensus and agreement between the two.” He explained that the meeting with Dr. Ganzouri was to explore the government’s views on the most important legislation that it may present to the People’s Assembly during the coming period, and also the most important legislation that the FJP will present, so that there is agreement on the legislative agenda during the next phase.
The Secretary-General mentioned that the FJP Chairman emphasized that suggestions for power handover to the elected parliament before the 25th of January 2012 are not consistent with the nature of the transitional period that requires a speedy completion of Shura Council elections and selection of the Constituent Assembly that will draft the new constitution, which together will coincide with presidential election procedures to be completed by the end of next June, as per the road-map agreed upon by political forces and parties.
Further, Dr. Katatni stressed that there are ongoing consultations between the parties of the Democratic Alliance, which fought the elections under the FJP candidate list, and between the main parties and blocs in parliament, so as to shape the upcoming People’s Assembly that will ensure representation of said blocs in parliament.