The People's Council in Cairo--one of the 25 such councils formed by President Sadat following the attempt to overthrow him in May this year--was sworn in on Monday (October 25).
The People's Council in Cairo--one of the 25 such councils formed by President Sadat following the attempt to overthrow him in May this year--was sworn in on Monday (October 25). Several senior government ministers attended the ceremony. the Councils, which will legislate in each of the country's 25 governorates, were designed to de-centralise the former legislative machinery controlled by the Arab Socialist Union, Egypt's ruling party.
SYNOPSIS: At the swearing-in of the Cairo People's Council on Monday, several senior government ministers were present including Egyptian Prime Minister Dr. Mahmoud Fawzy, and Vice Premiers Mahmoud Ried, Aziz Sidky and Mohammed Hatem.
Dr. Fatehalla Khatib, a senior Presidential advisor on domestic affairs, opened the meeting. The Council is one of 25 such councils, formed after the May attempt to overthrow President Anwar Sadat. The councils will be responsible for legislating in each of the country's 25 governorates. They are aimed at de-centralising the single legislative body which is controlled by members of the country's ruling party--the Arab Socialist Union. According to news reports from Cairo the formation of the new councils will curb the powers of the Socialist Union--the country's only legal political party.