Former judge challenges Egypt's constitution

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CAIRO — The only female judge to sit on Egypt’s highest court said today she has filed the first legal challenge against the country’s highly contentious constitution, which cost her the seat she held.

Tahani el-Gebali said she filed her complaint to the Supreme Constitutional Court questioning the legality of the charter, which she said was drafted and passed illegally.

But experts said they doubted the constitutional court would try to intervene in the charter now that it was approved in a referendum last month.

El-Gebali, who sat on the Constitutional Court for nearly a decade, was removed from her post because the new constitution reduced the size of the court from 18 judges to 10, in addition to the chief judge. Within the judiciary, el-Gebali was one of the most vocal opponents to the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood to power.

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