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File of the issue:

"Phenomena accompanying Egyptian parliamentary elections in 2015"

  • Political participation in Egyptian parliamentary elections after June 30th

Mina Samir                                                          2

  • Performance of democratic current and revolutionary youth in Egyptian parliamentary elections.

Omar Samir                                                        7

  • Future of Egypt political party: from the unknown to becoming ‎the black horse

Shorouk El Harery                                            10

  • Reading the participation of Al Nour party in the elections.

Nouran Sayed Ahmed                                      17

  • Free Egyptians party between slogans and practices

Shimaa ElSharkawy                                          24

  • The current affiliated with the previous regime: a decline in organization and an individual growth

Omar Samir                                                        31

Book of the issue:

  • " Egypt’s long revolution: protest movements and uprisings "

Shimaa ElSharkawy                                          41

Article

  • Social justice between popular movements andpolitical paths in the Arab region.       )English(

Mohamed ElAgati                                                       1

Published in موضوع # 1

Parliamentary committees contribute to strong and effective government and improve the democratic process.   Committees undertake important work on behalf of the Parliament and especially the function of securing accountability of the executive. While attention is often focussed on plenary, it is in committees that the most productive – and for many MPs, most enjoyable – parliamentary work is done.

New parliamentary elections for 2015, the third entitlement on the road map after the presidential election and the constitution, are about to be held. There seems to be a number of issues that await the next parliament, starting with the nature of issues and topics of consideration, the policies and legislations related to them, and also those from the point of view of the public and political context, which in turn poses challenges for parliamentary work and parliamentarians. At the forefront of these challenges is the question of the relationship between MPs and their constituencies, an issue that is gaining importance in light of the past Egyptian experience in which the relationship between the two sides suffered from a big deficiency, and on the other hand due to changes in the public and  political context in Egypt over the past five years which increased the weight of the views of the citizens and voters in the political process, regardless of their quality or other shortcomings.

 

Many are confused by the senseless wars now spreading like wildfire throughout the Arab region. Some think that these conflicts have deep-rooted internal causes, such as the tension between Islamists and liberals. Others look at these conflicts from a sectarian and ethnic perspective and consider them rooted in fundamental disputes between religious or sectarian ideologies or between tribes and provincial regions. There is yet a third group that sees this as a crisis of old regimes that want to forestall the political changes initiated by the Arab revolutions and the foreign interventions that caused chaos in the region. There is no doubt that each of these different characterizations of the current conflicts in the Arab region has evidence to support its interpretation and its own proposals on whether these conflicts can be tackled and if so, how. Nevertheless, none of these characterizations are sufficient to understand the complex dynamics causing the current political divisions in Arab societies, especially in those states that are experiencing fierce conflicts such as Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya. For these places, the tendency towards over-simplification in explaining the causes of strife has a profound effect on policy making and the practical solutions necessary to end this strife. Furthermore, some of the recommendations put forward in Western capitals, such as the division of these states into sectarian cantons, could lead to even more violent wars in the future.

Published in موضوع # 1

The Egyptian Shura Council is one of the most controversial political bodies in Egypt, caught between those who support its continuation and those who believe it should be abolished. This is an old debate in Egyptian politics that dates back to the Council’s founding under President Sadat. However, this debate was given a boost in the wake of the revolution of January 25, 2011 in the context of attempts to revisit the past political legacy and build a new political system that meets current requirements.

 

The Egyptian Shura Council is one of the most controversial political bodies in Egypt, caught between those who support its continuation and those who believe it should be abolished. This is an old debate in Egyptian politics that dates back to the Council’s founding under President Sadat. However, this debate was given a boost in the wake of the revolution of January 25, 2011 in the context of attempts to revisit the past political legacy and build a new political system that meets current requirements.