Egypt's supreme court says its ruling nullifying parliament is ‘binding’

Egypt's supreme court says its ruling nullifying parliament is ‘binding’

Cairo : Egypt | Jul 09, 2012 at 1:54 PM PDT
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Egypt's supreme constitutional court insisted Monday that its ruling that led to the dissolution of the parliament was final and binding, in response to the decision by President Mohamed Morsi to convene the parliament whose election was invalidated by the Court.

“All the rulings and decisions of the supreme constitutional court are final and not subject to appeal... and are binding for all state institutions,” the court said in a statement, Egypt’s Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported.

"The Court asserts, as it has done repeatedly, it does not take a side in any political confrontation."

"Cairo’s administrative court is looking into 15 lawsuits against Mursi’s decision tomorrow," said the Supreme Court in a statement.

According to the Associated Press report, Mohamed Hassan, spokesperson of the state council's judges club, said that President Mohamed Morsi did not have the authority to reinstate the Islamist-led dissolved parliament, after its election was ruled unconstitutional.

The Court disapproved on June 14 third of the seats in the People's Assembly, the lower house of parliament, claiming the election law was unconstitutional. This ruling led the generals of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), in power since the downfall of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, to dissolve the parliament two days later.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces held an emergency meeting yesterday to discuss the consequences of Morsi's unexpected decision.

According to aswat masriya website, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces stressed on the importance of respecting the constitution, indicating that the military council will remain biased to the people's wishes and will not turn to exceptional measures.

Moreover, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces denied that there is a deal between the military council and the Muslim Brotherhood movement.

In a press release on Sunday night, Katatni had welcomed Morsi’s decision. He said Morsi’s decision was “respectful to the supremacy of the law and public institutions.”

“The People’s Assembly will resume its legislative oversight powers immediately once it is in session within hours, in respect of the legitimacy of the constitution and the law," Al-arabiya news reported.

Quoted by state news agency MENA, Saad al Katatni announced that MPs, mostly Islamists, were summoned at 10:00 am Tuesday for a special session.

Shortly after the announcement of Morsi’s order, several hundred of the Muslim Brotherhood movement supporters gathered in Tahrir square on Sunday night to celebrate his decision.

I'll keep you updated on this matter as more information becomes available.


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