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Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Say hello to (most of) your new Parliament

Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve elected a new House of Representatives: Mostaqbal Watan will hold a total of 315 seats in the new House of Representatives to be sworn in next month after the pro-government party won 53 of the 100 contested seats in the second-round runoff parliamentary elections in Cairo and 12 other governorates, the National Elections Authority said yesterday. Mostaqbal Watan dominated the first round of parliamentary elections, and had also won a majority of seats in the Senate elections in September. Reuters also has the story.

Who else got elected? The Republican People’s Party represents the second-biggest portion of Parliament, holding a total of 49 seats, after landing five in the runoff elections. El Wafd now holds 25 seats, followed by the Homeland Defenders Party (23), Modern Egypt Party (11), the Conference Party (8), and each of Al Nour, the Freedom Party, and the Egyptian Social Democratic Party have seven seats, according to Ahram Gate. The remaining party seats are scattered among the National Progressive Unionist Party, the Justice Party, the Generation’s Will Party. Independent candidates hold another 37 seats. El Watan has a helpful infographic showing how the seats have been distributed.

What’s next? The remaining 5% of spots available (38 seats) will be filled by presidential appointment before the new set of MPs kick off their first legislative session next month.

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