The Arab Republic of Egypt, will on October 9, 2016, mark the 150th anniversary of its legislature, which is one of the oldest in the world.
The celebration, which would hold at the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, will be attended by the President of Egypt, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Egypt’s 596 Members of Parliament.
Speakers of Russian, American, European, Chinese and Japanese parliaments and Arab legislatures, are also expected at the event, a statement on Monday by Ahmed Maher, Information Officer, Egyptian High Commission, Abuja, stated.
It said that the history of Egypt’s parliament, the first in the Arab, African and Middle East regions, dates back to October 22, 1866 when the 75-member Council of Consultative Deputies (Maglis Shura Al-Nuwab) was formed.
The statement noted that the council, which was inaugurated during the era of Khedive Ismail (1863-1879), held its first meeting on November 25, 1866.
It read in part, “According to the 2014 Constitution of Egypt ,the new parliament, which was inaugurated on January 10, this year, is the most empowered and diverse parliamentary body in Egyptian history.
“For instance, women made extraordinary gains and now hold 89 seats in the House of Representatives, making the highest percentage of female representation (14.9 percent) in Parliament’s 150-year history.
“The same is also true about Christians whose number now stands at 39 (6.5 percent) while the number of political parties represented in parliament rose to 19, with 245 MPs (41.1 per cent).”
Meanwhile, the 3rd session of the 4th legislative term of the African Parliament will be held at Sharm El-Sheik from October 9-19, 2016.
Egypt played a significant role in the formation of African Union as one of its founding members. It hosted the first African summit in 1964.