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 Geneva, 29 April 2014IPU Logo-bottom

Support to Egypt begins on fulfilling roadmap to democracy

IPU and Egypt signed an agreement to support the Arab country in developing a fully functioning and representative parliament ©IPU

IPU has kick-started its priority support to Egypt in its efforts to establish democracy by providing advice and expertise on the drafting on a new electoral law. The law would have to be in place before parliamentary elections can take place, the last step in a series of planned political processes on Egypt’s roadmap to democracy.

An IPU delegation currently in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, is working with relevant authorities, including the committee responsible for drafting the new electoral law, on how women and other under-represented Egyptians can participate and be better represented in a new parliament. Although Egypt’s new Constitution acknowledges the principles of equality and non-discrimination, there are no specific measures in place to ensure the political participation of women and minority groups.

IPU, which signed an agreement with Egypt last month on how it can support the Arab country to develop a fully functioning and representative parliament, has also established an office in Cairo to facilitate its work. 

The Organization is focusing on four priority areas aimed at ensuring a new parliament is functioning effectively. In addition to providing support on the draft electoral law, IPU will initially work on a curriculum for parliamentary staff training, ICT and research facilities for the new parliament.

It has also begun working with Egyptian authorities on developing a strategic vision for how Egypt’s new parliament will develop in the years to come.  This will be particularly key if the new parliament has no party in majority.

With no parliament since July 2013 and no dates set for new parliamentary elections, the establishment of a legislative body that is fully representative and effective in its oversight and accountability role is critical to meeting the democratic aspirations of the Egyptian people.

“IPU calls on all parties in Egypt to come together and fully support the political process underway. There can be no place for violence of any kind. It would be a betrayal of the Egyptian people,” says IPU President Abdelwahad Radi.

The global organization of parliaments, IPU works to establish democracy, peace and cooperation among peoples. The world’s oldest international political organization, established in 1889, IPU is the focal point for worldwide parliamentary dialogue. It brings together 164 member Parliaments and ten associate regional assemblies.

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