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Egypt's President Sisi ratifies newly amended laws regulating appointment of top judges

The laws regulate appointments of heads of Administrative Prosecution Authority, State Lawsuits Authority, Court of Cassation, Military Judiciary Authority, State Council, and the Supreme Constitutional Court

Ahram Online , Thursday 27 Jun 2019
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President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has ratified amended laws regulating the appointments of heads of top judicial bodies, which have been recently passed by parliament as per approved constitutional amendments.

The new laws include legislation regulating the appointments of judges heading the Administrative Prosecution Authority, the State Lawsuits Authority, the Court of Cassation, the Military Judiciary Authority, and the State Council.

Under the new amended laws, the president will have the authority to appoint the chief of each of the above judicial bodies from the seven longest-serving deputy heads for a one-time term of four years, which ends if age of retirement is reached.

The president will also have the authority to appoint the country's prosecutor-general from three candidates put up by the Supreme Judiciary Council,  for a one-time term of four years, which ends if age of retirement is reached.

The bill to amend laws regulating judiciary bodies, which was introduced by the government, was passed into by the parliament earlier this month. 

El-Sisi also ratified an amended law regulating the appointment of the head and deputy head of the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC).

Under the amended law, the president will have the authority to choose the head of the SCC from the five longest-serving deputy chairs for a one-time term of four years, which ends if age of retirement is reached.

The president will also select the court's deputy chief from two candidates, one put forward by the head of the SCC and the other the SCC's general assembly.

The presidential ratification was published on Wednesday in the official gazette.

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