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Sisi now controls Egypt's top courts

Legal experts are questioning the constitutionality of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's use of his new power to appoint judges, raising questions about the future of the Egyptian judiciary.
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is received on his arrival at the Bole International Airport ahead of the 28th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and the Government of the African Union in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri - RTSXXIN

CAIRO — Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is sparking widespread controversy with his recent court appointments, ignoring the protests of numerous judges.

On July 19, Sisi appointed Judge Ahmed Abu al-Azm as head of the State Council, which adjudicates disputes to which the government is a party. The assembly of the council's judges had recommended Judge Yahya Dakroury, the most senior judge in line for that position.

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