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CAIRO, Sept 23, 2018 - PRESIDENT Abdel Fattah El Sisi has called the House of Deputies (the country's unicameral parliament) to convene its new legislative year on October 2. According to Article 115 of the Constitution, the parliament begins every legislative year in the month of October upon an invitation from the President of the Republic.

CAIRO, Sept 23, 2018 (MENA) - President Abdel Fattah El Sisi issued a republican decree calling on parliament to convene on Tuesday, October 2, at 10 am (local time) to open the fourth convocation of the first legislative term.

The decree was published in the official gazette Sunday.

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.

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