2020 Egyptian parliamentary election
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The elections were initially expected to be held in April or May 2020. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi ordered parliament to freeze its activities on 1 October 2019 and placed the National Security Agency (NSA) in charge of creating lists of candidates, with the rationale being that the General Intelligence Directorate (GID), which selected candidates in the previous election, had not done a satisfactory job. The For the Love of Egypt list was closely associated with the GID.
The Shura Council, previously the upper house of parliament, was abolished following the promulgation of the 2014 constitution. However, amendments to the constitution approved in a 2019 referendum reinstated an upper house named the Senate, which would consist of 120 elected members and 60 appointed by the president.
Many different figures, including Zyad Elelaimy, Hisham Fouad, Omar El-Shenety and Hossam Moanis, were arrested on 25 June 2019 on charges of "bringing down the state"; however, the people involved were part of an alliance called the Coalition of Hope that was considering contesting the parliamentary election. Other organizations involved in the alliance included the Civil Democratic Movement. One source indicated that the reason for the arrests was the unwillingness of the alliance to cooperate with the NSA.
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