Anti-Brotherhood Judge Named Justice Minister in Egypt

Newly appointed Egyptian Justice Minister Ahmed el-Zend (left) is shown during his oath-taking ceremony at the El-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo on May 20, 2015

Egyptian judge Ahmed el-Zend was sworn in as Egypt’s new justice minister in Cairo on Wednesday .

Zend, who heads an elite group of Egyptian judges, replaced Mahfouz Saber, who quit earlier this month after saying sons of garbage collectors could not become judges.

Zend, a harsh critic of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, Prior to his appointment as justice minister,

Zend was head of the Egyptian Judge’s Club, an elite Egyptian social club, as well as head of the Cairo Court of Appeals.

Ahmed el-Zend, a former appeals court judge, has in contrast to his predecessor been publicly outspoken in his criticism of the Islamist movement removed from power in mid-2013 by the army and banned as a terrorist organisation.

Egyptians viewed Zend’s appointment as a strong statement against the  the Muslim Brotherhood and  the January 25 conspiracy