Egyptian Parliament Meets for First Time in 3 Years

Members of Egypt's Parliament attend the inaugural session, the first to convene in three years, in Cairo, Jan. 10, 2016. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP)
Members of Egypt’s Parliament attend the inaugural session, the first to convene in three years, in Cairo, Jan. 10, 2016. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP)

Egypt held an opening session of parliament Sunday, the chamber’s first session in more than three years.

The assembly has 15 days to ratify hundreds of executive decrees issued by President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, or the laws will be repealed.

Egypt has not had a parliament since 2012 when a court dissolved the democratically elected legislature that had been dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood of the country’s former president Mohamed Morsi.

Sissi, the former head of Egypt’s armed forces, rose to power in 2014 after a military coup that toppled Morsi, led to his eventual arrest and outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood.

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SOURCE: VOA News