MPs accuse parliament speaker of favoring Islamist blocs

On Tuesday, 15 MPs walked out of a parliamentary session in protest against speaker Saad al-Katatny. They said he favors the Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Salafi-led Nour Party.

The state television website said the MPs belong to the Free Egyptians, the Egyptian Social Democratic and the Revolution Continues parties.

Katatny, a former leading figure of the Brotherhood, defended himself by saying, “The floor is given by priority of request,” but the MPs said they walked out because Katatny did not grant them the chance to comment on Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim’s statement.

The Islamists dominate around 70 percent of parliamentary seats, with the Freedom and Justice Party controlling nearly 47 percent and the Nour Party controlling 24 percent.

Translated from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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