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Egypt’s parliament has the highest legislative authority in the country’s history

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The Egyptian parliament, which is expected to be elected next week, has a legislative authority that observers say is the highest in the history of modern Egypt.

The new parliament may not be a partner in decision-making with the president but has become the president's “supervisor”.

The House of Representatives is charged with approving the general policy of the state and the general plan for economic and social development.

It is also tasked with approving the general budget and the declaration of war or a state of emergency.

It also has the right to rewrite the constitution by a majority of two thirds of the Council.