Judges defy President over disputed law
Publish date: 15 May 2017
Issue Number: 725
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Judges from one of the Egyptian judiciary's three main branches have voted to defy a newly-adopted and widely-disputed law giving the President a degree of control over the judiciary. In the process, they nominated as head of their branch a judge who ruled against a government decision to surrender two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. A report on the Haaretz site notes that State Council judges, who rule on disputes with the government, voted overwhelmingly to put forward Judge Yahya Dakroury as their nominee to head their branch. The move clashes with the new law that stipulates that each judiciary branch nominate three of its seven most senior judges to the President to choose one to head each of the three branches. The judiciary's two other branches – the Court of Cassation and government lawyers – already have complied with the new law, adopted by parliament and ratified by the president last month.