Egyptian attorney sues Hosni Mubarak
A Nasserite attorney is suing Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak for declining to name a vice president since he came to power following the assassination of his predecessor Anwar Sadat 22 years ago.
According to a report Tuesday in Asharq Al Awsat newspaper, the case goes before the administrative tribunal of Egypt's State Council in Cairo. It was recently filed by attorney Issam Aslamboli, a leading Nasserite in Egypt's Bar Association.
Mubarak is the first Egyptian head of state to abstain from naming a deputy since the overthrow of King Farouk in 1952. Gamal Abdul Nasser named Sadat as Vice President and the latter nominated Mubarak for the vice presidency in 1970.
"Failure to name a vice president is a violation of the constitution's article 139, which stipulates that the President has to appoint a vice president or more than one," Aslamboli was quoted as telling the newspaper. "My law suit has no political motives and has nothing to do with my Nasserite political leaning."
The Arabic daily said this was the first time that a President of Egypt is being sued before court. (Albawaba.com)
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