Lat­est State Coun­cil de­ci­sion leaves ball in pres­i­dent’s court

THE PRES­I­DENCY COULD SE­LECT ONE OF THE SEVEN OLD­EST JUDGES OR AC­CEPT STATE COUN­CIL SE­LEC­TION, SAYS EL-ES­LAM­BOLY

The Daily News Egypt - - Politics -

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Es­lam Taw­fik, a judge in the State Coun­cil, de­nied claims that the State Coun­cil vi­o­lated the amendment, telling to Daily News Egypt that the sit­u­a­tion aligns with the Con­sti­tu­tion.

He ex­plained that the law says if the coun­cil did not choose three names as stip­u­lated, then the pres­i­dent can choose one of the seven old­est.

This im­plies that the pres­i­dent can de­cide on an­other nom­i­nee to head the coun­cil.

The gen­eral as­sem­bly was not tak­ing a stance against state, but rather an an­nounce­ment of the coun­cil’s best nom­i­nee among all its se­nior judges.

Vice pre­mier of the State Coun­cil and mem­ber in the gen­eral as­sem­bly Mo­hamed Ab­del Wa­hab said that the coun­cil’s stance is not aim­ing at pro­vok­ing any con­flict with the state, it just came based on the coun­cil’s con­vic­tion re­gard­ing the prin­ci­ple of se­nior­ity.

When asked if the pres­i­dent se­lected an­other can­di­date and not Dakroury, he said that the coun­cil will re­spond to the pres­i­dent’s fi­nal de­ci­sion.

Other ju­di­cial bod­ies said that are work­ing un­der the new law, in­clud­ing the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Prose­cu­tion and the State Com­mis­sioner Au­thor­ity, have sent three nom­i­nees to the pres­i­dency as stip­u­lated by the new law.

The afore­men­tioned bod­ies have pre­vi­ously ex­pressed their re­jec­tion of the new law, but re­spected the govern­ment’s amend­ments.

A new law that was rat­i­fied by Pres­i­dent Ab­del-Fat­tah Al-Sisi in late April says that the pres­i­dent is the one who will de­cide on the heads of Egypt’s ju­di­cial bod­ies af­ter re­ceiv­ing a list of three nom­i­nees from each body.

In case each body did not nom­i­nate three of its se­nior judges, then the pres­i­dent has the right to de­cide the head from the seven se­nior judges in the coun­cil, in ac­cor­dance with Law 13 of 2017.

Dakroury be­came widely-known fol­low­ing his rul­ing on 16 Jan­uary, an­nulling the Egyp­tian-Saudi de­mar­ca­tion agree­ment to trans­fer sovereignty of the is­lands ofTi­ran and Sanafir to Saudi Ara­bia, as the judge con­firmed Egyp­tian sovereignty over the is­lands.

Other ju­di­cial bod­ies said that they are work­ing un­der the new law

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