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Morsi Steps Back on Dispute With Judges

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Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi has reached a compromise with the judiciary to defuse an uproar over a proposed law that would have forced out thousands of the country's most senior judges.

Mr. Morsi's Islamist allies have introduced legislation that would lower the retirement age for judges from 70 to 60, affecting more than 3,000 judges and prosecution officials.

The Islamists say the legislation is needed because the courts are filled with loyalists of the deposed regime of Hosni Mubarak. But the opposition accuses Mr. Morsi's backers of trying to fill the judiciary with their own supporters.

In an attempt to resolve the crisis, Mr. Morsi met Sunday with five top judges. After their meeting, a statement from the president's office said Mr. Morsi hold a conference this week to work out a compromise on laws that affect the judiciary.



Mr. Morsi has repeatedly clashed with the courts since his election last June.

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