CAIRO — Egypt's besieged justice minister has submitted his resignation after protests over the weekend by Islamists, who want to purge the courts of judges and lawyers perceived as political enemies of President Mohamed Morsi.
Justice Minister Ahmed Mekki, who has wanted to quit his post for months, offered his latest resignation amid anger at the inability of Morsi's government to revive the nation's economy and ease political divisions. Morsi announced Saturday that he would soon reshuffle his Cabinet.
Mekki's move highlights the deeper leadership conundrum Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, which controls the government, face in stemming criticism that Islamists are authoritative and lack the political instincts to solve Egypt's many crises. The president has attempted in recent weeks to reach out to the opposition, but his overtures have drawn skepticism.
Mekki stood against the corruption of toppled leader Hosni Mubarak and has since criticized Morsi's maneuvers to expand presidential powers, including last year's firing of Prosecutor-General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud. Morsi has scaled back his authority but has refused to reinstate Mahmoud.