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85 pct of Egyptians support 'sons of garbage collectors' as judges: Baseera poll

Most Egyptians reject the comments that led to Egypt's former justice minister resigning on Monday

Ahram Online , Thursday 14 May 2015
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Up to 85 percent of Egyptians agree on the “sons of garbage collectors” being appointed to positions in the judiciary if they have the required qualifications, according to a new poll from the Egyptian Centre for Public Opinion Research (Baseera).

Egypt’s previous justice minister Mahfouz Saber resigned on Monday, following widespread criticism of him saying on TV that, even with a law degree, "sons of garbage collectors” did not have the right social background to become judges.

In the poll, 66 percent of respondents “strongly agreed” that the qualified children of “garbage collectors” should be able to become judges, while 19 percent “agreed”.

Baseera found that Egyptians who believed social background to be irrelevant in the appointment of judges were of a higher socio-economic status than other respondents.

Only 4 percent of those polled “rejected” the idea of judges from low-class backgrounds, while 4 percent “strongly rejected” it.

A remaining 7 percent were unsure about their views.

“The cabinet respects all layers of society and appreciates the working class in particular, and is convinced that they are involved in shaping of the future of this nation,” Egypt's Premier Ibrahim Mahlab said on Monday, after receiving Mahfouz’ resignation.

Over 26.3 percent of Egyptians live below the poverty line, according to the latest statistics from the United Nations Development Programme in Egypt.

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Sam Enslow
14-05-2015 04:16pm
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Road to riches
I know two $ billionaires and several multimillionaires who made their fortunes in garbage and recycling. One who worked on the back of a garbage truck started the company known as Waste Management. Other fortunes were made recycling the metals in computers. A social background or even a university degree is not required to be successful. Talent comes from the individual who applies those talents. One of the billionaires built a university as a way to give back to his community.
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Wasta
14-05-2015 04:04pm
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Great Success
This is how a great country like the US succeeded. Unlike 3rd world corrupt practices; you can even become a US president no matter how wealthy or connected your parents are, not having a police or army general as your “wasta”
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