In Egypt, further steps have been taken to draw up a new constitution for the post-Mubarak era.
Ahmed Fahmy, a university professor and member of the Freedom and Justice Party, has been elected as speaker of the Shura council – the head of the upper house of parliament.
Its MPs met for the first time on Tuesday ahead of the weekend when, along with members from the lower house, they will pick a 100-strong assembly to draft the country’s new constitution.
Saber Hasan Ali Hasan from Hizb Al Nour Party believes its critical both chambers work together.
“We need to have cooperation between the Parliament and the Shura Council – because they complete the work of each other – to achieve the construction of our new democratic State,” he said.
At the inaugural session, some members did not stick to the standard oath. Islamists added they would not, “oppose God’s doctrine.”
The Muslim Brotherhood’s FJP controls 59 per cent of the Shura council and around 43 per cent of the lower house, The People’s Assembly.
Speaking after his election Fahmy said he promised to keep the same distance from everyone and make no distinction between the majority and the opposition.