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Egypt's State Council reaffirms rejection of new judicial authority draft law

More than 600 judges called for a meeting with President ABdel-Fattah El-Sisi to discuss the controversial bill

Mahmoud Aziz , Monday 3 Apr 2017
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Egypt's State Council (Photo: Ahram)
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With the participation of more than 600 judges, Egypt's State Council general assembly announced on Monday its rejection of a new judicial authority draft law, calling for a meeting with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to discuss the controversial bill.

Last week, the Egyptian parliament's constitutional and legislative affairs committee approved by a majority vote the draft law, which grants more power to the president in appointing the heads of the country's judiciary councils.

The draft law, presented in December 2016, empowers the president of the republic to pick from three candidates nominated by each judicial council.

The general assembly of the State Council achieved a quorum on Monday, where it reaffirmed that seniority among judges should remain the sole basis on which the heads of judicial councils are appointed.

The current judicial authority law stipulates that the heads of judicial bodies are selected by judicial councils based on seniority, and that the president ratifies the council's selection of its most senior member.

Several Egyptian judicial bodies, in addition to the country's Judges Club, announced their rejection of the law, saying it undermines the independence of the judiciary.

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