Egypt's State Council rejects draft law granting president power to appoint heads of judicial councils

Ahram Online , Wednesday 1 Feb 2017

Egypt's Supreme Judicial Headquarters in Cairo (Photo: Ahram)

Egypt's State Council rejected on Wednesday a draft law presented by parliament's Constitutional and Legislative Committee giving the president the right to appoint the heads of the country's judiciary councils.

The draft law, presented in December, stated that the president of the republic would pick from three candidates nominated by each council.

Egypt's Judges Club said that it considers the draft law a major violation of the Egyptian judicial system, saying it completely ignores seniority among judges, on the basis of which the heads of judicial council are appointed.

The judicial councils mentioned in the rejected draft law are the Administrative Prosecution, the State Lawsuits Authority, the Court of Cassation and the State Council.

In December, the Judges Club said in a statement that the proposed law violated the separation of powers between the branches of government.

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