Cairo, 10 Shafar 1434/23 December 2012 (Al Jazera/MINA) Egypt’s Vice President Mahmoud Mekki has announced his resignation on the day of a referendum on a new constitution, state TV reported.
Mahmoud Mekki’s resignation on Saturday was announced with more than five hours to go of voting in the second and final phase of a referendum on a disputed, Muslim Brotherhood-backed constitution.
Mekki, a career judge, has said he intends to quit once the charter is adopted.
The new constitution eliminates the post of vice president.
However, a statement by Mekki read on state TV hinted that the motive of his hurried departure could be linked to the policies of President Mohamed Morsi.
“I have realised a while ago that the nature of politics don’t suit my professional genesis as a judge,” he wrote. He said he first submitted his resignation last month but events forced him to stay on.
Mekki took a leading role in hosting “national unity” talks called by Morsi, although the main opposition politicians stayed away. Mekki, 58, was a respected judge before Morsi named him to the post in August.
He led judicial opposition to ousted leader Hosni Mubarak, but eschewed calls to become a presidential candidate himself, saying he wished to stay politically independent. (T/R-012/R-006)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)