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CAIRO, Sept 9 , 2018 (MENA) - House of Representatives Speaker Dr Ali Abdel Aal left here for Cyprus on Sunday accompanied by a delegation on a four-day official visit at an invitation from the Cypriot Parliament Speaker.

The visit falls within the framework of distinguished Egyptian-Cypriot relations and efforts to promote them particularly at the parliamentary level.

The visit is expected to include meetings with a number of Cypriot officials for talks on means of enhancing bilateral relations

BAGHDAD, Sept 8, 2018 (MENA) - Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament Mohammed Ali Zaini said Saturday that the legislative body will convene on September 15.

The announcement came during the extraordinary session of the parliament held on Saturday to discuss the situation in Basra, Iraqi Alsumaria channel quoted a parliamentary source as saying.

The extraordinary session was attended by the the Iraqi premier and the ministers concerned to discuss the latest development in Basra.

LONDON, August 14, 2018 (News Wires) — A car slammed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday, injuring a number of pedestrians.

Armed police swooped into the area and cordoned off streets surrounding the heart of Britain's government. Police appealed to the public to stay away, and the Westminster Tube station was closed.

The area was the site of a terror attack in March 2017 when Khalid Masood ploughed a car into crowds on Westminster Bridge, killing four people. Masood abandoned his car then stabbed and killed a police officer before being shot in a courtyard outside Parliament.

In Tuesday's incident, the car slammed into barriers that had been extended following the Westminster Bridge attack. Video from Sky News showed a man being detained.

Eyewitnesses quoted in British media said they thought the crash looked deliberate.

ISLAMABAD, August 13, 2018 (News Wires) — Pakistan's newly elected parliament convened on Monday for the first time since last month's general elections that saw the party of former cricket star turned politician Imran Khan win most seats, propelling him towards the post of the country's next prime minister.

The lawmakers were sworn in at a brief ceremony in the 342-seat National Assembly, the decision-making lower house of parliament. Later on Monday, fireworks are to mark the eve of Pakistan's Independence Day.

The parliament is to elect a speaker and his deputy on Wednesday and vote on the prime minister the following day. The swearing-in ceremony for the prime minister is due Saturday.

Khan's populist Tahreek-e-Insaf party won 115 seats in the July 25 vote, requiring it to form a coalition.

In the days after the elections, party spokesman Fawad Chaudhry said more lawmakers joined the party's ranks and that it now enjoys the backing of 180 parliament members after several women lawmakers, minority and independents sided with Khan. He needs 172 lawmaker votes to be become prime minister.

Khan has campaigned on the promise of a "New Pakistan" with justice for all, pledging to wipe out corruption and help the poor. He has said he would run the country like it has never been run before, though some of his popular and influential backers, who joined his party weeks before the elections, have questionable pasts and some of them even face charges.

The 65-year-old Khan has also promised to create 10 million jobs in Pakistan, where employment rate is high and more than 65 percent of the country's 200 million people are under the age of 35.

Since the elections, Khan has adopted a conciliatory approach to Pakistan's neighbours and allies, saying he wants peace with hostile neighbour India, praising China's economic strategy for reducing widespread poverty and sending a message to Washington that he wants good relations, based on mutual respect.

LONDON, August 10, 2018 (News Wires) - British banks should pass on last week's Bank of England interest rate rise to savers as "a matter of trust", the chair of the parliament committee which monitors them said on Friday.

"Passing on interest rate rises to savers as well as borrowers is a matter of trust which our banks would do well to take on," lawmaker Nicky Morgan, a member of Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party, said on Twitter.

Last week the BoE raised its benchmark interest rate to 0.75 percent from 0.5 percent, its highest since it slashed borrowing costs during the 2008-09 financial crisis.

BoE Governor Mark Carney said he did not expect banks to pass rate rises on in full to savers because during the crisis rates on many low-interest bank accounts had been unable to fall by the full amount by which the BoE cut its own interest rate.

Earlier on Friday, The Times newspaper reported that only one British lender -- Beverley Building Society in northern England -- had said it would increase interest rates for all savers by 0.25 percentage points.

Interest rates on many mortgages rise automatically by the full amount of BoE interest rate rises.

 

 

 

CAIRO, August 4, 2018 (MENA) - President Abdel Fattah El Sisi issued a decree to announce the conclusion of the third ordinary session of the legislature as of Thursday, July 26.

The decree was published in the official gazette on Friday.

Following the president's decree, the parliament will begin its summer break, the longest recess on parliament's calendar.

At the closing session of the parliament's third year on Thursday, July 26, Speaker of the House of Representatives Ali Abdel Aal said that the fourth ordinary session of the legislature will start as per the date set in the president's decree.

Under Article 115 of the Constitution, the president is obliged to invite the parliament to reconvene for a new parliamentary session before the first Thursday of the month of October every year.

 

 

 

CAIRO, July 26, 2018 (MENA) – Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal announced the conclusion of the third ordinary session of the legislature. 

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi will issue a decree to that effect later after which the parliament will begin its summer break, the longest recess on parliament's calendar. 

At the closing session of the parliament's third year on Wednesday Abdel Aal said that the fourth ordinary session of the legislature will start as per the date set in the president's decree. 

Under Article 115 of the Constitution, the president is obliged to invite the parliament to reconvene for a new parliamentary session before the first Thursday of the month of October every year.

CAIRO, July 25 , 2018 (MENA) - Parliament under Speaker Ali Abdel Aal continued on Wednesday reviewing a report on the government policy statement.

The government of Moustafa Madbouli is scheduled to attend later in the day a parliamentary session where a vote of confidence will be held.

CAIRO, July 24, 2018 (MENA) - The House of Deputies (HoD) on Tuesday approved legal measures against some MPs who violated parliamentary rules.

The approval came after the committees of ethics and legislative affairs presented two reports on dropping the membership of those MPs.

Speaker Ali Abdel Aal explained at the parliament general session that these measures against the MPs will be adopted in accordance with the constitution and the House's statute.

He explained that measures of dropping membership of an MP have been in place since l924.

Such measures are not out of the ordinary, for they are being adopted in several parliaments in the world including in the US, the Uk and India, he added.

MP Sahar Hawary is among those to lose their membership. An Alexandria court had issued a verdict sentencing her to five years in prison over financial charges.

LJUBLJANA, July 23, 2018 (News Wires) - Slovenian President Borut Pahor told parliament on Monday he would not nominate a candidate for prime minister as no party held majority support in parliament.

The anti-immigrant Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) won a June 3 election but lacks willing coalition partners to form a government in a highly fragmented parliament.

"In talks with parliamentary groups I established that no one enjoys sufficient support to be elected as prime minister," Pahor told parliament in a letter.

Parliament is expected to convene on Friday when it will set another 14-day period during which members can nominate candidates for prime minister. Any candidate would need the support of an absolute majority of lawmakers to be elected - at least 46 out of 90 votes.

If no candidate is elected, lawmakers are given a further two days to nominate candidates before another round of voting in which only a majority of those present is needed.

If no candidate is elected then the president must call an election, which would take place in September or October.

But analysts said they expect a successful candidate to emerge in the last round of voting, in mid to late August.

They said Marjan Sarec, head of the second largest party the centre-left List of Marjan Sarec (LMS), is likely to form a six-party coalition, securing a fragile majority that may not survive the whole four-year mandate.

Sarec has broadly agreed a coalition with four centre-left parties, the Social Democrats, the Party of Modern Centre, the Party of Alenka Bratusek and pensioners' party Desus, but the five parties together only hold 43 of 90 parliamentary seats.

He hopes to attract also the leftist party The Left or the conservative New Slovenia, which have 9 and 7 parliamentary seats respectively.

 

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