25 April 2013

Egypt: Presidency Renews Keenness On Maintaining Judiciary Independence

Photo: Amru Salahuddien/Xinhua
An anti-government protester waves the Egyptian flag outside the High Court.

The Presidency of the Republic has renewed keenness on maintaining the independence of the Judiciary and the principle of separating authorities.

The Presidency expressed confidence in the wisdom of all men of the judiciary and their appeal to constitutional mechanisms and domestic laws.

The Presidency rejected any attempt to seek support from abroad and renewed its respect for the Egyptian Judiciary with all its bodies and men.

In a press conference, Presidential Spokesman Counselor Ihab Fahmi said on Wednesday 24/4/2013 the Presidency believes it is natural to submit the Judicial Authority bill to judges before its adoption by the Shura Council.

He said President Mohamed Morsi had recently received the members of the Supreme judicial Council out of his keenness to underline respect for the judiciary and its independence, adding the President cannot accept any discredit of the judiciary.

Fahmi said the President welcomes call for holding an expanded meeting with the judges and the heads of judicial bodies next Saturday 27/4/2013.

On the Cabinet reshuffle, the Presidential Spokesman said it will be limited and will be announced in the coming few days.

He said the Presidency is maintaining contacts with different political powers and parties including the National Salvation Front to nominate the highly efficient persons for taking up portfolios of Ministers or Governors.

On fears expressed by Copts, he said Christian brothers are out partners in the homeland, adding they have the same rights and duties of Moslems.

He said Morsi is keen in pursuing the criminals involved in Khosous and Abbaseya Cathedral incidents.

He said the Presidency has received the resignation of the Presidential adviser for legal affairs Counselor Mohamed Fouad Gadallah and it was accepted.

He said the contents of the resignation letter were personal views and the Presidency does not comment on them.

He said the United State is keen to boost relations with Egypt in the various domains.

He said an agreement will be reached soon with the International Monetary Fund on the loan asked by the Egyptian government. He said the aim of the loan is to observe the social dimension.

Fahmi said that Egyptian-Qatari relations are good and we appreciate their cooperation at this crucial stage to support the Egyptian economy.

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