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The Political Role of the Egyptian Judiciary

Nabil Abdel Fattah

in Judges and Political Reform in Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9789774162015
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617970993 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774162015.003.0006
The Political Role of the Egyptian Judiciary

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The debate around the role of the Egyptian judiciary was a main axis of the political, constitutional, and legal discourses of the government, the opposition, and the new protest movements, such as Kifaya, from 2004 until the 2005 presidential and parliamentary elections. The political role of judges in political and constitutional discourses is one of the characteristics of Egyptian politics. It also is recurrent in the history of the authoritarian political system that was established after the 1952 Revolution. This can be attributed to several factors. This chapter discusses the political role of the Egyptian judiciary by presenting the different meanings of a political role for judges. It also discusses the effectiveness of, reasons for, and actors in such a role.

Keywords: Egyptian judiciary; government; protest movements; Kifaya; Egyptian politics

Chapter.  7513 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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