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Morsi has the right to choose governors, says human rights chief

February 8, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Changing governors is the right of the state president, the Secretary General of the Egyptian National Council for Human Rights Abdullah Al-Ashaal has affirmed. They are, he added, chosen by President Mohammed Morsi solely on their qualifications and ability to carry out the role.

Mr Al-Ashaal said that the president has the right to choose whoever he sees fit. “No one has the right to challenge his choices because he alone bears the responsibility for them,” he insisted in response to criticism that governors have been appointed due to their affiliation to the Muslim Brotherhood.

However, although the human rights chief thinks that the latest appointments were not made at a very appropriate time such decisions are the “unchallengeable” right of the president. He dismissed criticisms of political bias.

Commenting on the protests planned for June 30, the prominent opposition leader said that it is wrong for people to call for a democratically-elected president to be deposed. Calls for reform are, though, in order, he added.