Egypt's vice president Mahmoud Mekki quits on day of final vote
Egypt's vice president resigned from his post today, saying he wanted to quit last month but had only stayed on to help President Mohamed Morsi tackle a political crisis.
Mahmoud Mekky, a well-known judge before he took the post, played a leading role in hosting "national unity" talks called by Morsi, although the main opposition politicians stayed away.
Mekky previously said he would step down once a new constitution being put to a vote was approved, as the post of vice president was not outlined in the charter. He had also said he was not privy to Mursi's decree on 22 November to expand his powers that sparked crisis.
In a letter by Mekky that was sent out by the presidency, he said he had worked hard for the nation in his post but that he had "realised for some time that the nature of political work did not suit his professional background as a judge."
He said he had first submitted his resignation on 7 November but it was postponed when Egypt was acting as mediator to try to reach a truce deal in Gaza and then because of other demands, such as helping to organise the "national dialogue".
That dialogue aimed at resolving a row with the opposition over Morsi's extra powers and his decision to fast-track the constitution drafted by an Islamist-dominated assembly to a vote.
In final remarks, Mekky said he had worked hard for the "interests of the nation" and wished continued success to Morsi, who was propelled to power by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Mekky was a leading member of a group of independent judges that started campaigning during the last year's of Hosni Mubarak's rule, when he was jailed for speaking out against election rigging.
- 1 Scottish referendum: So how about the English now being given a chance to split from England?
- 2 Friends 20th anniversary: Alison Jackson photographs reunited cast
- 5 Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned into a PR disaster
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
Unpaid Voluntary Position : Reach Volunteering: Volunteer your expertise as Tr...
£68 - £73 per day + Competitive rates of pay based on experience: Randstad Edu...
£69 - £73 per day + Competitive London rates of pay: Randstad Education Group:...
£117 - £157 per day + Competitive London rates: Randstad Education Group: * Pr...