Mahmoud Mekki, Egypt's Vice President, Reportedly Resigns

Posted: Updated:
MAHMOUD MEKKI RESIGNS
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi swears in newly-appointed vice president, a former senior judge, Mahmoud Mekki, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Egyptian Presidency) | AP
Print

CAIRO -- Egypt's state TV says Vice President Mahmoud Mekki has resigned.

Mekki's Saturday resignation was announced with more than five hours to go of voting in the second and final phase of a referendum on a disputed, Islamist-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 Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

He said he first submitted his resignation last month but events forced him to stay on.

"I have realized a while ago that the nature of politics don't suit my professional genesis as a judge," he wrote.

Also on HuffPost:

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Mahmoud Mekki: Latest News, Videos, Photos | Times of India

Profile: Egypt's first civilian VP Mahmoud Mekki - Politics - Egypt ...

Mahmoud Mekki: From disciplinary court under Mubarak to vice ...

Clashes erupt at Egypt presidential palace - Middle East - Al ...