Lawyers gather signatures for no-confidence vote against syndicate chief

Egyptian lawyers on Wednesday said they had gathered about 1000 signatures from their colleagues in various governorates calling for a vote of no confidence against the Lawyers Syndicate council presided over by Hamdi Khalifa.

The coordinating committee of the so-called "lawyers’ anger revolution" said signatures were gathered from the Assiut, Gharbiya, Suez, Port Said, Arish and Alexandria governorates.

However, the committees' statement criticized the Muslim Brotherhood for "seeking control over the syndicate" and said current council members are affiliated with the Brotherhood.

The committee also said it seeks to collect more signatures before a 21 June meeting of the syndicate's general assembly, threatening an open-ended sit-in before the cabinet if demands are not met.

The syndicate has backed Khalifa and adopted a biased stance against the lawyers, the committee said. 

Committee member Magdy Abdel Halim said the lawyers who signed the petition believe Khalifa has lost legitimacy.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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