Egypt's parties argue over courts; Muslim Brotherhood trying to dominate, opposition says
CAIRO — Egypt's main opposition group and judges vowed on Monday to step up their fight against plans by the Islamist-dominated legislature to debate a bill critics say aims to impose Muslim Brotherhood control over the courts.
The judiciary has become the latest battleground between supporters and opponents of Islamist President Mohamed Morsy. The bill, expected to reduce retirement age for judges, has sparked violence between opponents and supporters.
Morsy met with members of the top judicial body, the Supreme Judicial Council, in an attempt to contain the situation. Morsy said in a statement he “doesn't accept any encroaching on the judiciary or judges” and urged judges to stay clear of media debates.
As for the controversial bill, Morsy said he trusts every authority is carrying out its duty as it sees fit, and that he respects separation of authorities, signaling he won't interfere in the legislature's work.
The Judges Club, a union of 9,500 members, met and pledged to escalate its fight against what its chairman Ahmed el-Zind called “aggression against the judiciary.”
The bill, presented to parliament by the Islamist al-Wasat party, is expected to drop the retirement age to 60 from 70. That would force out nearly a quarter of Egypt's 13,000 judges and prosecution officials, according to experts, including some of the most senior judges.
Opponents see this as a way for Islamists force out judges in high courts, including the Supreme Constitutional Court. The two elements have been at odds since the Islamist-dominated parliament was dissolved last year by a court order.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Israeli PM warns of ‘prolonged’ campaign in Gaza
- Iraq’s split into 3 states becomes a reality
- Syrian casualties surge amid rise in attacks by Islamic State
- Israeli leader signals no quick end to Gaza conflict
- Pakistani mob attacks minority Muslims, suffocates 3 over Facebook rumor
- Libya torn by worst fighting since 2011 revolution
- Obama, European leaders agree to new Russia sanctions
- Afghan ballot recount paused as candidate disagree over criteria to scrap ballots
- Ban of flights to and from Israel feared to bolster Hamas
- U.S. pulls staff out of Libya embassy
- Ebola claims Liberian doctor; American physician stable