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Egypt parliament ruled illegal, but to stay on
Posted By admin On June 2, 2013 @ 6:17 am In World News | Comments Disabled
June 2, 2013
Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court ruled as illegal the law by which the upper house of parliament was elected but said the Muslim Brotherhood-controlled chamber would not be dissolved until a new parliament is in place.
Sunday’s ruling said the upper house, or Shura Council, would be dissolved once the new parliament convenes. A date has yet to be set for the elections which President Mohamed Mursi said could begin in October.
The ruling seemed likely to heighten tension between the Muslim Brotherhood and the judiciary over judicial reforms which the Islamists see as necessary to removing Hosni Mubarak-era appointees but judges see as a bid to purge their ranks.
The court also ruled as illegal the body which drafted a constitution that was approved in a popular referendum in December. The implications of that ruling were not immediately clear. Some legal experts say that the constitution itself is above legal challenge because it was approved by a popular vote.
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