Cairo - Egypt's top judicial council has suspended talks
with President Mohammed Morsi after a renewed push by Islamist lawmakers on a
controversial bill that would remove thousands of senior judges.
Critics say the bill aims to install Islamists and solidify
Morsi's power while backers say it seeks to remove remnants of Hosni Mubarak's
The state MENA news agency carried a statement by the
Supreme Judicial Council after an emergency meeting Wednesday in which the
judges announced a suspension of their talks with Morsi, saying it's the result
of manoeuvres by his Islamist allies in parliament to resume debating the law.
The council's six judges met Morsi last month, and the two
sides agreed to form a committee of legal experts that would draft legislation
to reform the judiciary.