The former Egyptian Vice-President, Mr. Kamal Eddin Hussein, has been expelled from his parliamentary seat?
The former Egyptian Vice-President, Mr. Kamal Eddin Hussein, has been expelled from his parliamentary seat by the majority of the Egyptian People's Assembly. The move followed Mr. Hussein's sharp criticism of new law and order measures introduced by President Anwar Sadat. The strict new penalties against strikers and demonstrators, and for acts of sabotage, were announced in Egypt after food price riots last month when 79 people died.
SYNOPSIS: The People's Assembly met in Cairo on Monday (14 February) after its Legislative Committee suggested that Mr. Hussein, an independent member of the house, should be expelled for a grave abuse of parliamentary duties. Mr. Hussein made the offending criticism in an open letter to President Sadat.
He said that the new law and order measures were "an insult to the intelligence of the Egyptian people". Referring to a referendum earlier this month which gave 99 per cent backing to the measures, the letter said that the President and his government forged the referendum results, "as was the case in all previous ones". President Sadat described the letter as "a voice from the grave". Many ruling Arab Socialist Party members saw the open letter as an insult to the chamber.
A motion to unseat Mr. Hussein was tabled by 252 of 360 legislators. Three members abstained and 28 were absent when the vote on the issue was taken. Some members wanted Mr. Hussein's parliamentary immunity waived for action in a criminal court, but the house legislative committee rejected this suggestion.
It was a stormy debate and some deputies opposed to the motion were unable to express their views. Mr. Hussein, once seen as Egypt's number three man, entered parliament after general elections last year. He has been known for his right-wing views.
Mr. Hussein belonged to the military junta that toppled the late King Farouk in 1952. He was the country's Vice-President under the late President, Gamal Abdel Nasser, until 1964, when he quit over policy differences.
Opposed to a socialist line introduced by the late president, he spent five years under house arrest. Shortly after President Sadat took over in 1970 he cabled Mr. Hussein, suggesting that he should join him in government. But the offer wasn't accepted.