Back to the complete issue
Monday, 23 December 2019

Egypt’s parliament postpones discussion of Local Administration Act

LEGISLATION WATCH- Local Administration Act stalled — again: House Speaker Ali Abdel Aal postponed yesterday discussions of the Local Administration Act after the majority bloc in the House rejected the draft as it stood, according to Al Masry Al Youm. Yesterday’s plenary session saw a heated debate over the long-stalled bill, with the Support Egypt coalition (parliament’s majority bloc) and Mostakbal Watan Party, among others, refusing to discuss the bill in its current form, although it remains unclear what the sticking points are. Meanwhile, independent MPs tried to push the bill, which they say is a constitutional right, to see the light of day.

Background: The act aims to decentralize local councils and organize district elections, since government-appointed officials have been running local affairs since a court dissolved municipal councils in 2011. President Abdel Fattah El Sisi had suggested back in September that local elections could have happened by the end of 2019, saying that he expected the House to vote on the act in October.

Enterprise is a daily publication of Enterprise Ventures LLC, an Egyptian limited liability company (commercial register 83594), and a subsidiary of Inktank Communications. Summaries are intended for guidance only and are provided on an as-is basis; kindly refer to the source article in its original language prior to undertaking any action. Neither Enterprise Ventures nor its staff assume any responsibility or liability for the accuracy of the information contained in this publication, whether in the form of summaries or analysis. © 2022 Enterprise Ventures LLC.

Enterprise is available without charge thanks to the generous support of HSBC Egypt (tax ID: 204-901-715), the leading corporate and retail lender in Egypt; EFG Hermes (tax ID: 200-178-385), the leading financial services corporation in frontier emerging markets; SODIC (tax ID: 212-168-002), a leading Egyptian real estate developer; SomaBay (tax ID: 204-903-300), our Red Sea holiday partner; Infinity (tax ID: 474-939-359), the ultimate way to power cities, industries, and homes directly from nature right here in Egypt; CIRA (tax ID: 200-069-608), the leading providers of K-12 and higher level education in Egypt; Orascom Construction (tax ID: 229-988-806), the leading construction and engineering company building infrastructure in Egypt and abroad; Moharram & Partners (tax ID: 616-112-459), the leading public policy and government affairs partner; Palm Hills Developments (tax ID: 432-737-014), a leading developer of commercial and residential properties; Mashreq (tax ID: 204-898-862), the MENA region’s leading homegrown personal and digital bank; Industrial Development Group (IDG) (tax ID:266-965-253), the leading builder of industrial parks in Egypt; Hassan Allam Properties (tax ID:  553-096-567), one of Egypt’s most prominent and leading builders; and Saleh, Barsoum & Abdel Aziz (tax ID: 220-002-827), the leading audit, tax and accounting firm in Egypt.