Egypt’s parliament passes controversial judicial authority law

Ahram Online , Wednesday 26 Apr 2017

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has to ratify the legislation before it goes into effect

Ali Abdel-Aal
File photo of Egypt's parliament speaker Ali Abdel-Aal. (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt’s House of Representatives passed on Wednesday a controversial law granting the president the power to appoint the heads of the country’s judicial bodies despite strong opposition from the judges' clubs, Ahram Arabic news website announced.

The law, which is yet to be ratified by the president, was approved by two-thirds of parliament.

The new law would give the president the right to choose the heads of Egypt’s judicial bodies from three nominees proposed from within each body.

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

Various judges clubs, which have rejected the law, charged that it violates the guarantee of an independant judiciary and a seperation of powers as enshrined in Egypt’s 2014 constitution.

The spokesman of Egypt’s Judges Club Hazem Rasmy told Ahram Arabic website “All options are now on the table.” 

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