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Freedom and Justice Parliamentary Commission Statement on Constituent Assembly Election
Freedom and Justice Parliamentary Commission Statement on Constituent Assembly Election
Tuesday, March 27,2012 17:08

The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) Parliamentary Commission at the People's Assembly and Shura Council has been following the ongoing argument concerning the election of the Constituent Assembly to write the Egyptian constitution. Whilst certain claims accuse the FJP of monopolizing a majority of seats in the constituent panel, the unfounded allegations do not entirely reflect the facts that emerged from the election results. Indeed, FJP representation – from both Houses of Parliament and personalities affiliated to the FJP from outside Parliament – does not exceed 30% of Assembly membership, while other political parties, intellectual and independent personalities take up the lion’s share of 70%.

The FJP Parliamentary Commission stresses that the proportions of representation had been voted in by a majority of 86% during a joint meeting of the People's Assembly and Shura Council on Saturday 17 March 2012. Preceding that vote, parliamentary debate covered many options, including demands to choose all members of the Assembly from within Parliament, proposals for the contrary, and suggestions to allow representation of 1% to 99% of the panel from elected lawmakers. Eventually, a large majority voted for the FJP’s consensus proposal deciding that 50% of panel members would be from Parliament. Then, after extensive discussions witnessed live on TV by the Egyptian people and even the whole world, the mechanisms of election and selection of members of the Constituent Assembly were approved.

Egyptian People's Assembly and Shura Council elected MPs debated all nominations, representing 141 institutions, trade unions and authorities, as well as individuals and lawmakers. In our choices, we took into account geographical and specialist representation as well as representation of political parties and different ideological persuasions, youth, students, the Copts, women, and Egyptians abroad, all based on criteria of experience and specialization, diversity and nominations. Selection choices were as follows:

First: Judicial bodies whose representatives have been selected based on nomination by those bodies

 

No

Name

Authority

1

Justice Hossam Ghariani

President of the Supreme Judicial Council

2

Justice Ali Saleh Awad

Second Vice-President of the Supreme Constitutional Court

3

Justice Adel Abdel-Hamid

Minister of Justice

4

Justice Yahya Al-Dakroury

President of the State Council Judges Club

5

Justice Abdullah Qandil

Vice-President of Administrative Prosecution Club

6

Justice Ahmed Mohamed Khalifa

Representative of the State Litigation Authority

 

Second: Trade unions – first nominations were selected regardless of political affiliations or intellectual and ideological persuasions

 

No

Name

Authority

1

Mr. Sameh Ashour

Chairman of the Bar

2

Mr. Mamdouh Al-Wali

Journalists Syndicate Chairman

3

Dr. Majid Al-Khulusi

Engineers Syndicate Chairman

4

Mr. Ashraf Abdel Ghafour

Actors' Syndicate Chairman

5

Dr. Mohamed Abdel Gawad

Pharmacists Syndicate Chairman

 

Third: Religious institutions

 

No

Name

Authority

1

Sheikh Nasr Farid Wassel

Al-Azhar

2

Counselor Nabil Mirham

Former President of the State Council - Orthodox Church

3

Magdy Shenouda

Lawyer - Orthodox Church

4

Ihab Kharrat

Member of the Shura Council  - Evangelical Church

 

Third: Presidents, deans and professors of public and private universities, colleges

 

No

Name

Authority

1

Dr. Osama Ibrahim

President of the University of Alexandria

2

Dr. Muhammad Ahmed Sherif

President of Minya University

3

Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Barr

Dean of the Faculty of Theology - Azhar University in Mansoura

4

Dr. Gamal Nawara

Secretary-General of Private Universities

 

Fourth: Young people and students

 

No

Name

Authority

1

Dr. Ahmed Harara

Young protestor and one of the revolution’s wounded

2

Ahmed Ayman Al-Marakbi

Student - President-elect of the Youth Parliament, Mansoura University

3

Fatima Abu Zaid

Young researcher - BA Political Science

 

Fifth: Political science and systems professors

 

No

Name

Authority

1

Dr. Nadia Mustafa

Professor, Faculty of Economics and Political Science

2

Dr. Mo'taz Billah Abdel-Fattah

Professor, Faculty of Economics and Political Science; founder of the House of Wisdom (constitution authoring expert center)

3

Dr. Mostafa Kamel El-Sayed

Professor, Faculty of Economics and Political Science; member of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights

4

Dr. Amr Hamzawy

Professor, Faculty of Economics and Political Science; member of the People's Assembly

5

Dr. Wahid Abdel Meguid

Vice Chairman of Al-Ahram Center for Strategic and Political Studies; member of the People's Assembly

6

Dr. Amr Shobaki

Political movements expert at Al-Ahram Center for Strategic and Political Studies; member of the People's Assembly

 

Sixth: Scholars and professors of constitutional, criminal and civil law – in addition to above-named representatives of the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Judicial Council, the State Litigation Authority and the State Council

 

No

Name

Authority

1

Dr. Mahmoud Saqqa

Professor of Philosophy of Law at Cairo University; member of the People’s Assembly

2

Counselor Mahmoud Khudairi

Vice-President of the Court of Cassation ; Chairman of the Committee on Constitutional and Legislative Affairs at the People’s Assembly

3

Mr. Sobhi Saleh

Deputy of the Committee on Constitutional and Legislative Affairs at the People's Assembly; member of the Committee on Constitutional Amendments

4

Dr. Atef Al-Banna

Professor of Constitutional Law at Cairo University; member of the Committee on Constitutional Amendments

5

Dr. Majid Shebeita

Ph.D. in Constitutional Law

 

Seventh: Women – in addition to female personalities already mentioned above

 

No

Name

Authority

1

Dr. Hoda Ghaneya

Physician; member of the People’s Assembly

2

Professor Margaret Azir

Member of the Supreme Commission of Wafd Party; member the People’s Assembly

3

Dr. Mona Makram Ebeid

Member of the Supreme Commission of the Social Democratic Party of Egypt

4

Dr. Susan Saad Zaghloul

Professor, Institute of Marine Sciences; member of the Shura Council

 

Ninth: Intellectuals and writers - in addition to intellectuals and authors representing other bodies and institutions

 

No

Name

Authority

1

Dr. Mohamed Emara

Renowned thinker

2

Professor Farouk Jweideh

Poet and writer

3

Dr. Rafiq Habib

Coptic thinker, Intellectual; also represents the Anglican Church

 

Tenth: Political Parties

 

No

Name

Authority

1

Dr. Sayed Badawi

Wafd party Chairman

2

Dr. Mohamed Abul-Ghar

Chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Egypt

3

Abdul Ghaffar Shukr

Leftist thinker; founder of the Socialist People's Alliance party

4

Dr. Ahmed Saeed

Chairman of the Free Egyptians party

5

Mohamed Esmat Sadat

Chairman of Reform and Development party

 

Eleventh: Economists

 

No

Name

Authority

1

Dr. Ziad Bahaa El-Din

Member of the People’s Assembly; former Chairman of the Capital Market Authority; representative of the Parliamentary Commission of the Social Democratic Party of Egypt

2

Ahmed Sayed Naggar

Economist at Al-Ahram Center for Strategic and Political Studies

3

Professor Ibrahim Arabi

Representative of the General Federation of Chambers of Commerce

4

Dr. Hussein Hamid Hassan

International economic expert

5

Dr. Mobad Garhi

International banking expert

 

Twelfth: Foreign Affairs and Egyptians Abroad

 

No

Name

Authority

1

Ambassador Mohamed Rifa’aa Tahtawi

Foreign Ministry senior expert; great participation in the events of the Egyptian revolution

2

Dr. Mr. Ayman Sayed Ali

Secretary General of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe, representative of Egyptians in Europe

3

Hassan Lachin

President-elect of the Association of Egyptians Working in Saudi Arabia; representative of Egyptians in Arab countries.

 

Thirteenth: Various specializations and disciplines

 

No

Name

Authority

1

Dr. Sherif Abdel Azim

Chairman of the Food Bank; President of the Message (Risala) Association

2

Abdel-Fattah Abdel-Tawab Khattab

Leftist labor leader; Assistant Secretary-General of the Federation of Egyptian Workers.

3

Captain Abdul-Aziz Abdul-Shafi (Zizou)

Former player of the Egyptian National team and Al-Ahly team; representative of athletes

4

Dr. Saleh Suleiman

Professor of Journalism at Cairo University; member of the People’s Assembly for the Sinai

5

Hani Nur al-Din

Member of the People’s Assembly for the Nubia

6

Major General Mamdouh Shahin

Representative of the Armed Forces

7

Major General Imad Hussein Hassan

Representative of the Ministry of Interior

 

The FJP Parliamentary Commission calls on Egyptian and Arab media to commit to objectivity and accuracy, and not to be drawn into attempts to distort the choices made by lawmakers who took up this responsibility entrusted to them by the Egyptian people in free and fair elections in which more than 60% of those who had the right to vote did turn out and take part, knowing fully well that their representatives in the People's Assembly and Shura Council have – as one of the most important tasks assigned to them – the duty to elect members of the Constituent Assembly to write Egypt’s first post-revolution constitution.

 

 

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