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Shura Council member resigns

Lawmaker Maged Al-Aqaad resigns in aftermath of palace violence

Maged Naguib Al-Aqqad, a professor of international law and a member of the Shura Council, officially submitted his resignation on Sunday.

He had announced his resignation on Friday in reaction to the violence that took place in front of the presidential palace between protesters and police.

In an interview on ONTV, Al-Aqqad said he felt obligated to resign as a member of Egypt’s legislative power in an expression of assumed responsibility.

Al-Aqqad pointed specifically to the infamous video showing Hamada Saber Ali stripped naked and dragged by Central Security Forces (CSF).

He also stated that the legislative branch is not only authorised to pass laws, but also to check the powers of the executive branch, something he said he had not seen the legislative body attempt to do during the five weeks he was a member.

“What I saw instead was collusion with the executive branch,” said Al-Aqqad, pointing to the approval of the emergency law implemented by the president during his interview with the Al-Hayat TV channel.

Al-Aqqad was one of 90 members appointed to the Shura Council by President Mohamed Morsi in December and one of 10 council members representing Egypt’s churches.

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