Former Egypt high court judge files challenge to new constitution Dan Taglioli at 12:42 PM ET
[JURIST] The former deputy president of the Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court [official website] on Tuesday announced that she has filed a lawsuit with the court challenging the legality of Egypt's controversial new constitution [text, PDF]. Tahani el-Gebali is the only female judge to sit on the Constitutional Court, the country's highest court, and she was removed from her post [AP report] after nearly a decade of service because the new constitution reduced the size of the court from 18 judges to 10. El-Gebali argues that the independence of the court is violated by the forced reductions and also that provisions that allow the president to approve court members illegitimately deny that power to the court's general secretariat. In her complaint el-Gebali has asked the Constitutional Court to repeal all effects of the new constitution, not just the reduction in the size of the court.
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