Mahmoud Mekki

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Mahmoud Mekki
محمود مكي
17th Vice President of Egypt
In office
12 August 2012 – 22 December 2012
President Mohamed Morsi
Preceded by Omar Suleiman
Succeeded by Mohamed ElBaradei
Personal details
Born 1954 (age 59–60)
Alexandria
Political party Independent
Religion Islam

Mahmoud Mekki (Arabic: محمود محمود محمد مكي‎; born 1954) is an Egyptian politician who served as the 17th Vice President of Egypt from August 2012 to December 2012. He was appointed by President Mohamed Morsi following the 2011 revolution and the 2012 presidential election on 12 August 2012.[1] He was Egypt's first vice president from a civilian background rather than a military one.[2] He resigned from his post on 22 December 2012.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Mekki was born in Alexandria in 1954.[4] After graduating from police college in Cairo he worked as a police officer in Central Security Forces.[2] He then got a bachelor degree in law and worked in general prosecution (Arabic: النيابة العامة‎). A few years later, Mekki became a judge. Working his way up the judicial ladder, he was eventually appointed vice-president of the Court of Cassation (Arabic: محكمه النقض)., which represents the final stage of criminal appeal in Egypt.[5][6]

He is younger brother of Ahmed Mekki, the former minister of justice in the Qandil Cabinet.[7][8]

Career[edit]

Since the mid-1980s, Mekki, along with a large number of Egypt's judges, were engaged in advocating judicial independence,[9] an idea which was brought to light at the time by Yehia Rifai, Chairman of the Egyptian Judges' Club at the time. Brothers Ahmed and Mahmoud Mekki alongside Hossam Ghariani and others were demanding separation of the executive authority over courts and the transfer of judicial inspection to the Supreme judicial Council.

Mekki headed the follow-up elections in the Judges' Club, and coordinator of the movement of the independent judges. In 2006, he led demonstrations for independence of the judiciary from the executive. Mekki also demanded the amendment of article 76 of the Egyptian constitution to allow multiple presidential candidates to run for elections. In 1992, Mekki headed a strike by judges to request the release of two judges who they claimed had been unfairly detained.[9]

In 2005, Mekki was arrested and tried.[9] During the trial of Mekki in 2005, the Muslim Brotherhood showed intense solidarity with him during the trial. Salim Al-Awa and a large number of lawyers pleaded with him.[10] In 2006, he was cleared of the charge.[9]

Mekki had a popular position in 2006 when he surprised the judges and the broad masses huddled in front of the High Court after the end of the first session of the disciplinary trial for Mekki and ran quickly towards Major General Ismail Shaer, director of Cairo security. He held him by his hands and said to him "Do you know Omar?", Shaer replied "Yes, he is my late son," Mekki replied "If you really remember him, then pray from him and stop police brutality against youth demonstrators since they are all the same age of your late son." People who saw the incident said that Shaer nearly cried while he listened to these words.[citation needed]

In 2010, he moved to Kuwait, and was appointed vice-president of Kuwait's Court of Cassation.[2] He returned to Egypt in August 2012 upon the proposal by President Morsi to be his deputy.[2] On 22 December 2012, Mekki resigned from his post, stating that "I have realized a while ago that the nature of politics does not suit my professional background as a judge."[11] The post of vice presidency of Egypt was also abolished after the constitutional referendum in December 2012.[12] After his resignation Mekki assumed the role of the chairman of a national dialogue forum to consolidate political forces with the Qandil cabinet.[12]

President Morsi appointed Mekki as Egypt's Ambassador to the Vatican City on 17 January 2013.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Egypt's president asserts authority over army". Al Jazeera. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Profile: Egypt's Vice-President Mahmoud Mekki". BBC. 21 August 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Vice president quits as Egypt votes on constitution". Reuters. 22 December 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Egypt’s new VP: former top judge who said no to Mubarak". The Jordan Times (Cairo). 14 August 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  5. ^ BBC (21 August 2012). "Profile: Egypt's Vice-President Mahmoud Mekki". BBC. 
  6. ^ "Profile: Egypt's first civilian VP Mahmoud Mekki". Ahram Online. 16 August 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  7. ^ Lipin, Michael (13 August 2012). "Egypt Reshuffle Puts New Defense Chief, Vice President in Spotlight". Voice of America. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Paraszczuk, Joanna (12 August 2012). "Egypt's Morsy appoints new VP, defense minister, army chief". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Profile: Egypt's Vice-President Mahmoud Mekki". BBC. 22 December 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "Egypt: Mahmoud Mekki - From Disciplinary Court Under Mubarak to Vice President". Aswat Masriya. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "Egyptian VP Mahmoud Mekki resigns amid constitution vote". Deutsche Welle. 22 December 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Sanchez, Luiz (18 January 2013). "Mekki new ambassador to the Vatican". Daily News Egypt. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "President Morsi appoints ex-VP as Egypt's ambassador to Vatican", Ahram Online, 17 January 2013.
Political offices
Vacant
Title last held by
Omar Suleiman
Vice President of Egypt
2012
Vacant
Title next held by
Mohamed ElBaradei