MB bloc at the parliament…. Honorable presentation and excessive use of superintendent tools
In an unprecedented historical shift in the history of the Egyptian Parliament, MB representatives in the Parliament succeeded in enriching the political life since the majority of representatives were used to “drop out” of sessions for personal interests.
Within 6 months only of the current parliamentary turn that is to end on the night of Thursday 21/6/2006, where in the period starting in November to April, MB representatives (88) succeeded in using more than 4668 censorship tool that varies from investigation to urgent statements, and drafts proposals. Although National democratic party tried to gather its representatives in most of the sessions in order to confront the other representatives.
In the procedural session (The selection of bodies and the formation of committees) for example, the leaders dropped all representatives who are not affiliate to the majority, refused to hold a political reconciliation and refused the relative representation for all currents in the committees…
no body can escape this even Dr. Akrm Al-Shair (MB bloc member in parliament) who occupied the position of the head of health committee!
The wide diversity that distinguishes most of MB bloc enabled them to participate in all the committees of the council that estimates 18 committee, it was a distinguished participation whether in public sessions or that for committees.
They were keen on their supervising and legislative role that would be in the favor of home and citizenry on internal and external levels.
The second turn for the Egyptian parliament was not a normal one in all aspects and according to the witness of censors especially in the context of hot issues that emerged on the Egyptian political reality, besides the Basic agenda of the bloc did not ignore the issues that affects the reality of the Egyptian citizen who entrusted MB representatives.
It is obvious that the bloc is keen to be present in all sessions and the 88 representatives are keen to attend. The rate of absence for the members of the bloc was 1-2 absent cases for every representative due to circumstances or being abroad,
this status led to two results:
1) The majority in the parliament became keen on rallying their representatives especially when discussing the drafts’ laws and the international conventions where they want to pass. The speaker used to appeal to the majority in order to attend especially while voting, and would charges them with full responsibility if one of the laws was to be passed that would be in contradiction with the interest of the majority.
2) The opposition (especially MB) succeeded in making a majority in number in many parliamentary sessions.
MB bloc along with the cooperation of the independent and opposing representatives registered the number of walkouts from general sessions as follows:
First: in the session that was discussing the “excavation in Aqsa Mosque” because the bloc protested against the firing of Dr. Hamdy Hassan who was able to embarrass the speaker in some words and he refused to give Hassan the right to speak by the virtue of constitution and parliamentary regulations.
The second walk out was a kind of protest against passing the constitutional amendments, it lasted for two days where the majority cooked the amendments.
The legislative performance for the MB bloc was brilliant where they submitted 15 drafts’ laws out of the total of 33 drafts’ laws and proposed 94 suggestions that were discussed in the parliament, the most important of which were:
– Preservation of environment draft’ law
– Establishment plan for teachers draft law
– Investments draft law
– Trails before martial courts draft law
– Pharmacists draft law
– Establishment plan for Doctors draft law
– Penal procedures draft law
– The rehabilitation of handicaps socially and medically draft law
– The judicial power draft law
– The Real Estate ownership draft law
– Parties draft law
– Animal farms draft laws
– Economic court draft law- Dr. Hassan Hamdi
– Al-Azhar draft law-Ali Laban
– Electing the Sheikh of Al-Azhar draft law-Al-Laban
– Amending the procedural law draft law-Hassan Ibrahim
– The construction of a peasants’ syndicate draft law-Aloi Laban
– The restoration of endowments affiliate to Al-Azhar draft law
– Medicine and dentistry draft law-Dr. Hazem Farouq
– Nullifying the provisional detention draft law-Hussein Muhammad
– Organizing political party draft law-Hussein Muhammad
– Organizing the judicial expertise draft law-Ahmad Abu Barakah
– Rehabilitation of handicaps draft law- Ahmad Abu Barakah
– Abrogating the law of reporters’ detention draft law-Muhsen Radi
– Amending the rate of the cleanliness fees- Eng- Saad Al-Husseini and Muhammad Kasba
– Raising the minimum limit for the contributory insurance draft law Saad Al-Husseini and Muhammad Kasba
– Amending some articles in the law of urban planning draft law -Sheikh Sayed Askar
– Amending the law of martial courts draft law- Hassan Ibrahim
– Amending the articles 126-129 in penal code –Hussein Muhammad Ibrahim
– Superintending performance
In this aspect, MB representatives used efficiently all the mechanisms of superintendence and gave life back to some articles in the interior regulation for the parliament that were not in use for a decade and half, which was already issued in 1979, thus MB representatives proposed:
Approx. 3127 statements of acquaintance
444 Urgent statements
They also conducted 40 investigations and they are as follows
1) Cross-examination proposed by Ibrahim Abu Uf about the increase of the number of jobless in the Egyptian market
2) Cross-examination proposed by Saad Al-Husseini about the stumbling governmental policies which led to a plummet in the prices of Egyptian cement
3) Cross-examination proposed by Mustapha Muhammad Mustapha about the rigging of elections in trade unions elections, and the boards of public sectors companies, beside the exclusion of many candidates.
4) A cross examination proposed by Mustapha Muhammad Mustapha wasting public funds in renewing the health units in Alexandria although works stopped from five years in these units.
5) Cross-examination proposed by Ali Laban about wasting funds for the Islamic missionaries
6) Cross-examination proposed by Yehia Al-Misiri about the attacks against the institutions of Al-Azhar and attempting to liquidate them
7) Cross-examination proposed by Azab Mustpaha about charging the government of confiscating the funds of insurances that belonged to poor
people and people on pension currently.
8) Cross-examination proposed by Azb Mustapha about accusing the government of wasting public funds without any consideration to the serious results that would inflict Egyptians and the Egyptian economy
9) Cross-examination proposed by proposed by Azab Mustapha about the inability of the government to combat pollution for Nile River
10) Cross-examination proposed by Azab Mustapha about accusing the government of wasting public funds in the project of Phosphorus in Abu Tarour
11) Cross-examination proposed by Yasser Hamoud about the deterioration of the utilities of railways, and the occurrence of many accidents recently that resulted in many death casualties.
12) Cross-examination proposed by Sheikh Maher Aql about the stopping of the factories of recycling rubbish for most of the governorates of Egypt, this is an evidence of low-level of industry by the military production, and the maladministration by local distractions, wasting public funds, polluting environment and affecting the health of citizens
13) Cross-examination proposed by Muhammad Al-Biltagi about the indifference that resulted in the sinking of 1000 citizen in Al-Salam Boccacio ferry boat accident
14) Cross-examination proposed by Muhammd Al-Beltagi about the violations perpetrated by security in Egyptian universities beside changing universities into military barracks to quell the activities’ of students, and to prevent students from choosing freely their candidates
15) Cross-examination proposed by Hussenin Al-Shurah for the pollution in Kafr Al-Zayat because of pollution of the water of Nile.
16) Cross-examination proposed by Azab Mustapha to the premier and the Minster of investments about wasting public funds in the program of privatization
17) Cross-examination proposed by Dr. Ibrahim Al-Gaafari against the premier about the policies of privatization followed by the government which resulted in foreign control on banking sector and companies which may affect the independence of the state.
18) Cross-investigation proposed by Dr. Hamdi Hassan against the premier about violations perpetrated during the referendum on constitutional amendments
19) Cross-examination proposed by Eng. Sabry Khalfallah against the premier and the ministers of economic development. Communications and technology of information, investment, trade and insustry for wasting public funds that estimates 50 million pounds for suspending the project of technology valley.
20) Cross-examination proposed by Akram Al-Sahir to the premier, ministers of investment, manpower and emigration about the state’s policies that adopted privatization as a solution for economic problem, which resulted in the loss of rights of labor, loss in the profits of privatization in unplanned projects or in paying debts.
21) Cross-examination proposed by DR. Ibrahim AL-Gaaafari against the state’s minister of economic development about the aggravation of the problem of unemployment
22) Cross-examination proposed by the representative Abbas Abdul Aziz Abbas against the premier, ministers of agriculture and the reclamation of lands for wasting billions of dollars in the projects of the Public Authority for construction and agricultural development
23) Cross-examination proposed by Farid Ismail about the government’s confiscation to the funds of insurances (consecrated to widows, orphans and people in pension)
24) Cross-examination proposed by Mahmoud Amer to the premier and the Minster of manpower and emigration for the dead silence about wasting public funds in Labor’s University where there is an enormous increase in the income of the head of the university who does not hold professorship, also showing silence about the low-level of scientific and technical education which means that graduates will have poor knowledge
25) Cross-examination proposed by Ibrahim Gaafari accusing the Minster of finance Yossif Botros Ghali for confiscating the public funds of contributory insurances that are owned by employees and labors in order to pay the governmental debts
26) Cross-examination proposed by Abbas Abdul Aziz to the premier and the ministers of investment, and industry accusing them of wasting 1 billion and 349,000000 million pounds due to the abandonment of inventories in business sector
27) Cross-examination proposed by Dr. Hamdi Ismail against the minsters of health and the local development for wasting public fund, and giving the permission for treatment on the expenses of the state through forged cards and giving permissions for people who had passed away for more than year!
28) Cross-examination proposed by Ali laban to the premier accusing him of desecrating Mosques because of issuing the resolution 1506 for the year 2006 that stipulates seizing ownership of Emad El-Din Mosque under the pretext of using it as a store for sands, and the materials for construction for the project of underground trains
29) Cross-examination proposed by Dr. Akram Al-Shair to the Minster of transportation and the premier for neglecting the project of Sharq Al-Tafria and not making good use of it which led to losing the targets for its construction.
30) Cross-examination proposed by Akram Al-Shair to the premiere and the ministers of high education and health about the financial, administrative, and technical violations in the Department of neurology at Al-Qasr Al-Eini Al Ferensi
31) Cross- examination proposed by Abdul Wahab Al-Dib to the Minster of education for the deterioration in the educational process and severe negligence besides the administrative and financial corruption that led to wasting the public fund.
32) Cross-examination proposed by the representative Mustapha Muhammad to the ministers of health for the deterioration in health services in clinics and wasting public funds in renewing the clinics of Ezbat gon and in Wzbat Khourshid at Rif Al-Miontaza in Alexandria
33) Cross-examination proposed by Dr. Ahmad Abu Barakah to seize confidence from the Minster of culture where the minister would be charged of 20 accusations
34) Cross-examination proposed by Dr. Farid Ismail for corruption and wasting public funds for importing Intervion drug for treating liver diseases for high costs, although it can be provided for less than 1100 Egyptian pounds rather than 1450 pounds.
35) Abdullah Eliwa proposed a cross-investigation accusing the government of neglecting the serious environmental and health status which threat Cairo Governorate and Qalyobya because these governorates are not separated by boundaries
36) Cross-examination proposed by Yehia Al-Misiri for the ministers of health and interior for the spreading of spoiled drugs in pharmacies which affected seriously the health of the citizen that might be lethal, this also leads to wasting public funds whether for patients or pharmacists
37) Cross-examination proposed by Essam Mukhtar where he called the government to pay billion pounds to depositors in investment companies like Sheriff co., Al-Huda and Wafaa co. by the virtue of the promise given by the ex-premiere Atef Abeid to pay this money by the due date of March 2005
38) Cross-examination proposed by Hussein Ibrahim agout the violations of human rights and torture that takes place in jails and Egyptian police stations.
39) Cross-examination proposed Saad Al-Husseini about torture and violations against human rights
40) Cross-examination proposed Mahmoud Amer for the violation of human rights
MB representatives succeeded in bringing many cases into debate where these cases were important to the public opinion, on the top of which the cases of corruption, unemployment and poverty, among which:
1) Constitutional amendments propounded by the president where the bloc refused them
2) Contaminated blood –known as the case of the representative Hani Surour who is a member in the ruling party who provided governmental hospitals with bags for contaminated blood
3) Labor strikes: MB representatives where able to bring the case into debate and served in solving the problem of striking labors like in Kafr Al-Dwar, and Al-Mahala Al-Kubra
4) Sewerage: MB representatives were able to bring the case into debate and spoke about the reasons of deterioration in the infrastructure which affects the health of the citizen.
5) Bird Flu: MB called for urgent statements about the reasons behind the sprawling of the disease once again and the inability of the government to combat the disease
6) The sprawling of infectious diseases like phthisis
7) The accident of Al-Salam ferry boat: where MB discussed this case in the previous turn and the current one where they called for punishment to all responsible
8) The increase in the prices of internal aviation
9) The emigration of intellectuals abroad
10) Disavowal for the Zionist attacks against Lebanon and calling for severing relations with the foe beside encouraging the resistance
11) Homeless children: Al-Turbini and Sisi cases
12) The Ethiopian occupation for Somalia, and calls for an Egyptian role to denounce aggression
13) Dead Sea Canal
14) The issue of the serial killer of Maadi, beside accusing the ministry of interior of focusing on political security on the expenses of other cases like drugs and thugry
15) The removal of mines in Alamin
16) The cases of torture at the police stations
17) Poverty and unemployment
18) Corruption (wasting public funds, the carcinogenic bread, and the carcinogenic milk)
19) Pollution (water, children’s milk)
20) Increase in the prices of iron, steel and cement
21) The assassination of Egyptian prisoners of wars known as the case of Shakid and calling for firing the Zionist ambassador
22) The cases of disabled people
23) The incessant car accidents
24) The cases of wasting agricultural lands
25) The falsification of Egyptian educational programs and the foreign intervention in education
26) The private Establishment plan for Teachers (where the bloc adopted the same views of teachers regarding these Establishment plan where the a delegation from the bloc met with the head of teachers and many leading figures, it was one of the most important cases that MB proposed debates about
27) Wasting public funds (an investigation proposed by Azab Mustapha about wasting public funds in the privatization programs, Dr. Ibrahim Al-Gaaafari
28) Proposing debates about the problems of Egyptians living abroad within the incessant violations especially the Egyptian labor (Statement demands for the problems of the Egyptian labor ion Sudan, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and others”
29) The continuous mass killings in Iraq and the absence of the Egyptian role
30) Solidarity with Al-Aqsa mosque against the Zionist threats to demolish the mosque where the parliamentary session of 12/2/2007 was a session devoted for trying the Zionist crimes perpetrated on Friday 9/2/2007
The bloc and the amendments
The MB bloc held several conferences and seminars to clarify their approach towards many fundamental cases being discussed in the Parliament, and on the top of which is the problem of constitutional amendments and everything related to like the law of trying civilians before martial courts and many other related issues along with the participation of other opposition parties and other Egyptian political forces refusing the governmental policies and that of the ruling party.
The bloc issued a documentary to clarify their points of view towards amendments, and proposed their suggestions for projected amendments.
They held a press conference in 27/12/2006 to clarify their stance from the amendments beside holding a debate on 14/1/2007 about a unified stance for the opposition, and they held a conference to condemn the trial of civilians before martial courts for MB members in 10/2/2007 and another one at the syndicate of journalists to clarify their final stance towards constitutional amendments. The bloc held a coordinative session between MB and opposition parties to reject the amendments at the Parliament on Sunday 11/3/2007 then they moved to the headquarters of Al-Wafd party to agree on holding a common press conference on the same day in order to clarify their points about attending the sessions of voting on the final formulation for amendments.
They held with Al-Wafd, Tagammu, Krama parties a press conference at the headquarters of Al-Wafd party on 12/3/2007 to reject the participation on the voting sessions on amendments and to walkout the session specialized for discussing the amendments because they reject preventing them from participating in the committee of formulation.
The bloc issued a press release to reject the amendments on 18/3/2007 along with independent representatives and Al-Karama Party and other two representatives from Al-Wafd party as a quittance from the constitutional amendments (for 34 articles) that were to be proposed by President Mubarak in the Parliament, they sat in (102) representative for three days at the headquarters of the parliament where they wore black sashes and with a written statement on (No for constitutional coup) also they held signs that say (no for martial trials, no for the confiscation of liberties, no for dawn break outs (referring to the arrests made by police).
The bloc played an important role in edifying the Egyptians to boycott the referendum on 26th March 2007-06-26 . They held a press conference on 21/4/2007 with independents, Karama before the Parliament to clarify their stance and their refusal for the law of martial judiciary.
The representatives of the bloc walked out along with the bloc of independents and other opposing figures at the morning session on Tuesday 24/4/2007 where the representatives of the ruling National party succeeded in passing the law of extending the retirement age for judges to 70 years old rather than 68.
The MB bloc and the bloc of independents issued a press release on Monday 30-4-2007 where they expressed their disavowal for arresting two representatives when they were meeting with some citizens at Al-Munufiya governorate, the release considered the detention as a barefaced violation for article 54 of constitution.
MB representatives were able to expose the practices of the majority of representatives where they submitted a protest memorandum along with representatives from Al-Wafd party and Al-Karama Party (under construction) on Sunday 6/5/2007 to Dr. Ahmad Fathi Surour against the practices of the majority of representatives from the National Party where they violated the regulation and this hinders effective parliamentary performance.
The bloc issued many press releases to expose the government in many stances and to clarify their stances towards many cases and issues where they issued the following:
Press release about the rigging of elections at the council on 18/11/2006
Another press release about Suggested constitutional amendments on 27/12/2006
– A press release about trying MB members before martial courts 10/2/2007
– A press release to reject detainments against MB members 15/2/2007
– A press release about Zionist attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque on 6/2/2007
– A press release about constitutional amendments on 12/3/2007
– A press release for renouncing the terrorist attacks in Algeria and Morocco 12/4/2007
– A press release to protest against the Governmental statement for the second year successively
– Also the bloc issued many statements for their walkouts of the sessions of the Parliament to vote on constitutional amendments, and statements to protest against the detainment of two representatives and another statement to praise the Egyptian press for their exposing to the autocratic regime.