Egypt parliament passes bill to strengthen judiciary Joe Shaulis at 4:06 PM ET
[JURIST] The parliament of Egypt [JURIST news archive] has passed a bill that restricts the government's influence over the judiciary but falls short of the reforms demanded by some judges. Although the Judicial Authority Law approved Monday by the People's Assembly [official website] ends the justice minister's authority over the attorney general, it does not incorporate other changes proposed by reformist judges, such as elected members on the Supreme Judiciary Council. Members of the reform-oriented Judges Club [JURIST op-ed] and lawmakers in the opposition Muslim Brotherhood [party website; FAS backgrounder] said the bill does not guarantee the judiciary independence from the government of President Hosni Mubarak [official profile].
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