President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ratified the controversial law on judicial authority, which gives the President the right to select the the heads of the judiciary authorities from among three vice-chairmen nominated by the supreme council of that body from among the seven oldest deputies.
The bill was not voted on in accordance with the regulations of the House of Representatives, as a large number of MPs objected to its discussion and withdrew from the session, the statement continued.
In a phone-in to "10 PM" TV program on Dream Channel, Samir al-Bahy, chairman of the State Council Judges Club, asserted that the goal of passing these amendments to how the heads of judicial bodies are selected is to dismiss Judge Yehia al-Dakroury as head of the State Council on July 1.
Dakroury is the one who issued a ruling in June 2016 that nullified the Red Sea islands demarcation agreement with Saudi Arabia.
Bahy added that the Red Sea islands case is the reason behind the insistence on amending the Judicial Authority Law. "I hope we will not resort to internationalizing the case. There are some voices calling for this, but God willing, we will not do that," he stated.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm