Egypt asks lawmakers to set rules for graft, polls
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Egypt's government set legislative priorities for Parliament on Wednesday as it convened for the first time since a new constitution was passed, asking lawmakers to focus on setting rules for upcoming elections, regulating the media and fighting corruption.
In its first act, the Shura Council convened to swear in the 90 new members appointed by President Mohamed Morsi. The government used the session to set its priorities for the coming period.
Mohamed Mahsoub, the minister in-charge of parliamentary affairs, said the government will prepare new legislation for parliament to discuss, including a law to regulate the upcoming parliamentary elections, anti-corruption laws, and laws to organise Egypt's efforts to recover money from corrupt officials. Mahsoub said such bills can be ready as early as next week, when the council convenes again.
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