|Entrance Shura Council|
The Shura Council in this way mirrors the People’s Assembly, where Islamists got two thirds and liberals and independents won the remaining third of the seats. However, the total number of Shura Council seats stands at 270 – 180 of which are elected. The remaining 90 members will be appointed by Egypt's next president who is expected to take over from the army by the end of June.
The two houses – the 678 elected members of the People’s Assembly and the 180 elected members of the Shura Council – will meet on 3 March to appoint the committee tasked with drafting the constitution. Out of a total of 678, the Islamist deputies in the two houses are numbered at 487 (337 in the People’s Assembly and 150 in Shura Council), thus forming around 70 per cent.
The Shura Council was created by late President Anwar El-Sadat in 1980 to take charge of regulating the national press and the formation of political parties. The speaker of the Shura Council used to be a de-facto head of the Higher Press Council and the Political Parties Committee. The Council was also entrusted with preparing reports on political and socio-economic issues facing Egypt.