Egypt’s former Minister of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Omar Marwan, has been appointed as the new Minister of Justice, replacing Hossam Abdel–Rahim.
It came as part of a government reshuffle which was approved on Sunday by the Parliament and also included the return of the Ministry of Information.
Marwan graduated from the Faculty of Law, Ain Shams University in 1979. He received training in the fields of human rights, International Humanitarian Law, the administration of the justice and electoral system, according to state-run Al-Ahram newspaper.
He served in several judicial positions, including Prosecutor General’s office and the Court of Appeal. He also was chosen to be an assistant of Justice Minister for forensic affairs in 2016.
Moreover, he led the fact–finding committee formed by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces in 2011 to investigate into the events which involved significant human rights violations and corruption during the 25 January Revolution which overthrew former president Hosni Mubarak.
Marwan was also the head of another fact–finding committee into the events of 30 June, following the overthrow of Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated president Mohamed Morsi.
He was the spokesperson and secretary-general of the High Elections Committee (HEC) during the parliamentary elections in 2015. Then, he was sworn in as Minister of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs in February 2017.
Marwan led the Egyptian government delegation at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the Human Rights Council in Geneva on 13 November. The delegation defended the government against allegations of torture and forced disappearances in Egypt.