CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al Sisi issued a presidential decree on Saturday appointing Judge Abdel Wahab Abdel Razeq as head of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court as successor to Judge Adly Mansour who reached the retirement age limit.
The decree, which also granted Abdel Razeq the rank of a “minister,” has been published in the Egyptian gazette and will come into force as of June 30.
Last week, the Generally Assembly of the Constitutional Court elected Abdel-Razeq as a successor to Mansour, according to the court’s regulations, per which the chosen Judge shall be one of the most senior aides to the court’s head.
Abdel Razeq, who has occupied the post of the first aide of the court since 2001, will take up his duties on July 31.
The 68-year-old Judge was a member of the court panel that has ruled on May 1, 2015 the Parliamentary Law is “unconstitutional,” a judicial ruling that caused the adjournment of the parliamentary elections to October, Youm7 reported.
Born in Upper Egypt’s Minya, Abdel Razeq graduated from Faculty of Law, Cairo University in 1969, before he was appointed a judge in the Central Auditing Organization until 1971. Later, he held the post of an assistant judge at the Egyptian General Prosecution for three years and was promoted to a Deputy Attorney General until 1976.
For three years, the father of two sons assumed position of an assistant judge for the State’s Council, which includes the Supreme Constitutional Court, the Court of Cassation, and the Supreme Administrative Court.
Outgoing head Adly Mansour has been appointed as Egypt’s interim President on July 4, 2014, a day after the ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi by the military following mass protests against his rule.
Masnour’s appointment as interim President came in accordance with the Egyptian Constitution, which stipulates that in case a president was ousted, head of the Supreme of the Constitutional Court shall shall take the oath of office until conducting the Presidential elections.