09.07.12 Egypt Politics and Security
Court says dissolution of parliament is binding
Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi's order to reconvene parliament has been rejected by the country's highest
court, which says its decision to dissolve the assembly is binding. Following
Morsi's decree, the speaker of the dissolved house had called for the MPs to
Tuesday 10 July.
Morsi, whose Muslim Brotherhood won most seats, says the parliament should function until a new election is
held. During a meeting on Monday 9 July, however, the country's Supreme
Constitutional Court said its rulings and decisions were "final and not
Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) – whose original decision to dissolve the parliament was backed by the
court – met in an emergency meeting following the issue of the presidential
decree on Sunday.
Despite rumours of tensions, Morsi and SCAF's Leader Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi appeared together at a military cadet graduation ceremony. Last month, SCAF
enforced a court order dissolving parliament because party members had
seats reserved for independents.
The military took power last year, after the revolution that ended former
president Hosni Mubarak's 30 year reign. Over the course of the last couple months, the army has become
increasingly unpopular, with many accusing its leaders of wanting to hold on to
Morsi, who won the country's first free presidential election last month, was
handed power on 30 June. In his presidential decree, Morsi said new
elections would be held 60 days after the constitution had been agreed by
Sources: BBC News, Reuters, Bloomberg
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