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Preparations for Parliamentary Electi...
Tripoli, Libya
By Ibrahim El Mayet
23 Jun 2014

Article about the run up to the Parliamentary elections in Libya with related pictures taken in Tripoli.

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Egypt’s HCC rules against Shura Counc...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
03 Jun 2013

Egypt’s High Constitutional Court ruled on Sunday, June 2, that the upper house of parliament ‘Shura Council’ and a panel that drafted the new constitution are invalid.

The Court ruled that the law governing the election of independent members of the Islamist-dominated Shura Council, currently holding legislative powers, was illegal.

As a result of the ruling, the Shura Council will be dissolved but the ruling also said that it would not be dissolved until a new House of Representatives, lower house of parliament, is elected.

Both the upper and lower houses were elected under the same electoral law, which the HCC last year deemed invalid, prompting the dissolution of parliament.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Wael Hamdy Al-Saeed, lawyer, filed complaint against the Shura Council:
“The two articles 2 and 8 that governed the election of the Shura Council of law 120, for 1980 and its amendments were the same two articles regulated the elections of the lower house of the parliament which the Constitutional Court ruled on 2012 their unconstitutionality, hence, since this time the Shura Council also was illegal.”

The court also ruled the unconstitutionality of a Law, popularly known as the emergency law. While the law is currently not in effect, the two complaints against it claimed it could be used at any time by authorities to impose a state of emergency.

For his part, Essam El-Erian, vice-chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), said that the Shura Council is currently the only legislative authority and it would continue its duty until the elections of a new parliament.

Muslim Brotherhood lawyer said that the decision to postpone the dissolution was based upon article 230 of the new constitution.

Other Freedom and Justice Party figure said that the Shura Council should approve a new law governs the election of independent MPs to Shura Council before holding a new House of Representatives.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Mahmoud Abou Elenin, Muslim Brotherhood lawyer:
“The fourth item of the verdict postponed the dissolution of the Shura Council until the elections of a new House of Representatives and it is based upon article 230 of the new constitution. The Constitutional Court didn’t base on its decision to postpone the implementation of the verdict on the law of the Constitutional Court but based on the constitution, hence it admits that this constitution is existed.”

The court also ruled the law governing the composition of the Constituent Assembly, the body tasked with drafting Egypt's new constitution, is unconstitutional.

It was not immediately clear whether the ruling on the 100-member constitutional panel would cancel the charter it drafted. The constitution was adopted in a nationwide vote in December. President Mohamed Morsi declared the Constituent Assembly immune from dissolution in a controversial constitutional declaration last November.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: June 2, 2013 + (Archive footage)
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: June 2, 2013
Length: 00:02:12
Video Size: 108 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots of the Egypt’s High Constitutional Court
  2. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Wael Hamdy Al-Saeed, lawyer, filed complaint against the Shura Council:
    “The two articles 2 and 8 that governed the election of the Shura Council of law 120, for 1980 and its amendments were the same two articles regulated the elections of the lower house of the parliament which the Constitutional Court ruled on 2012 their unconstitutionality, hence, since this time the Shura Council also was illegal.”
  3. Various external shots of the Shura Council
  4. Various shots of one of the sessions of the Shura Council
  5. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Mahmoud Abou Elenin, Muslim Brotherhood lawyer:
    “The fourth item of the verdict postponed the dissolution of the Shura Council until the elections of a new House of Representatives and it is based upon article 230 of the new constitution. The Constitutional Court didn’t base on its decision to postpone the implementation of the verdict on the law of the Constitutional Court but based on the constitution, hence it admits that this constitution is existed.”
  6. Various shots of the ceremony where President Mohamed Morsi received the new constitution from head of the Constituent Assembly
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Egypt’s Salafist Nour Party to run in...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
26 Feb 2013

The Salafist Nour Party decided on Monday, February 25, to participate in the parliamentary elections of Egypt’s House of Representatives in April amid calls for boycott, but added that the government must ensure that the elections are free and fair.

The party calls on all Egypt’s political forces to participate in the elections.

In a press conference, Deputy Head of the Salafist Nour Party Bassam al-Zarqa said that there is a need for "clear and sufficient guarantees for the integrity and transparency of the election”, saying this requires certain ministries administrative bodies and crews assisting judges to be neutral.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Deputy Head of the Salafist Nour Party Bassam al-Zarqa:
“Nour Party will participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections in order to complete the building of all the country’s political institutions as well as to solve the entire disasters that we are facing now. The Nour Party calls on all other political forces and coalitions to participate in the elections.”

Zarqa added that Nour Party will only form alliances with parties that have the same Islamic frame of reference.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Deputy Head of the Salafist Nour Party Bassam al-Zarqa:
“Nour Party will form an electoral alliance only with parties with an Islamic reference. We all have to cooperate and unite to push our dear country Egypt to move forward. We all have to cooperate in the reconstruction of Egypt.”

On the other hand, several figures of the opposition have voiced their intention to boycott the parliamentary elections, including founder of the Constitution Party Mohamed ElBaradei who described the coming parliamentary poll as an act of "deception."

Egypt's parliamentary elections, previously scheduled to begin on 27 April, have been brought forward to start on 22 April, after Coptic Christians said that the original dates conflicted with Christian holidays, including Easter.

The first round of voting will be held on 22 and 23 April and will take place in Cairo, Beheira, El-Minya, Port Said and North Sinai. If runoffs are necessary, they will take place on 29 and 30 April. The house is expected to hold its first session on 2 July.

The Nour Party, established after the January 25 revolution, won the second most seats in parliamentary elections held at the end of 2011 after the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP).

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: February 25, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: February 25, 2013
Length: 00:02:00
Video Size: 98.6 MB
Language: Arabic
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Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Close up shot of the banner of Egypt’s Salafist Nour Party
2. Wide shot of the press conference held by the party to announce participation in the upcoming parliamentary elections
3. Zoom in shot of Deputy Head of the Salafist Nour Party Bassam al-Zarqa speaking during the press conference while Galal El-Morra, secretary-general of Nour Party standing beside him
4. Various shots of the press conference
5. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Deputy Head of the Salafist Nour Party Bassam al-Zarqa:
“Nour Party will participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections in order to complete the building of all the country’s political institutions as well as to solve the entire disasters that we are facing now. The Nour Party calls on all other political forces and coalitions to participate in the elections.” 6. Various shots of speaker and attendees during the press conference
7. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Deputy Head of the Salafist Nour Party Bassam al-Zarqa:
“Nour Party will form an electoral alliance only with parties with an Islamic reference. We all have to cooperate and unite to push our dear country Egypt to move forward. We all have to cooperate in the reconstruction of Egypt.” 8. Various shots of speaker and attendees during the press conference
9. Medium shot of the banner of the Salafist Nour Party