Ahmed Mekky, Egyptian Justice Minister Resigns

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Egypt’s Justice Minister Ahmed Mekky has resigned, officials in the Justice Ministry said on Sunday, after protests on Friday by President Mohamed Mursi’s Islamist backers demanding the “purification” of the judiciary.

Mekky was appointed in August. He was widely regarded as a supporter of judicial independence during the rule of former President Hosni Mubarak, but his critics had accused him of siding with the new Islamist-led authorities.

Thousands of Islamist supporters of Mursi rallied on Friday, calling for an independent judiciary by passing the new legislation and removing corrupt members of legal institutions.

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