Egypt’s first woman judge, Tahany El-Gebaly, died on Sunday due to coronavirus complications, according to local media.
El-Gebaly, the former vice-president of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, the country’s highest judicial authority, passed away at the age of 71, the state news agency MENA said.
Born in the Nile Delta province of Gharbia in 1950, El-Gebaly graduated from the Faculty of Law, Mansoura University, to work as a lawyer.
She was appointed in 2003 as vice-president of the Supreme Constitutional Court, becoming Egypt’s first-ever woman judge. She took over the position until 2007, becoming the only Egyptian woman to hold such high post in the judiciary till now.
El-Gebaly is set to be buried in her hometown Tanta in northern Egypt later Sunday.
Egypt reported 29 deaths and 830 new cases from coronavirus on Saturday, taking the nationwide tally to 391,945 cases, including 21,938 fatalities.