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Judges and Political Reform in Egypt$
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Nathalie Bernard-Maugiron

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162015

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162015.001.0001

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Judges and Elections: The Politicization of the Judges' Discourse

Judges and Elections: The Politicization of the Judges' Discourse

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Judges and Political Reform in Egypt

Sherif Younes

American University in Cairo Press

Regardless of how the conflict over the 1972 Law on Judicial Authority and the laws governing election monitoring ended, judges have succeeded for the first time since 1954 in transforming the question of their full independence into a public political issue. This chapter deals with the issue of the participation of the judiciary in the elections from the point of view of the judges' public discourse in defense of their demands within the context of the referendum and the two elections. It discusses the limits of these demands, the opposition to them, and, most importantly, the features of the political infrastructure that allowed this distinctive role of the judiciary to emerge in public. It demonstrates how the judges' positions have been politicized and analyzes the structural roots of the judges' movement in the political infrastructure.

Keywords:   Judicial Authority, public political issue, elections, judges' movement, political infrastructure

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