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Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court dissolves parliament

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An Egyptian protester raises his slippers at military police standing guard outside the Constitutional Court in central Cairo on June, 14, 2102.

Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court has ordered the country’s parliament dissolved saying the legislative body’s election about 6 month ago was unconstitutional.

The Supreme Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday that one third of the parliamentary seats were “illegitimate.”

Following the ruling, Egypt’s military rulers promptly declared full legislative authority.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) said it will announce a 100-person assembly to write the country’s new constitution by Friday.

The Muslim Brotherhood official, Abdul Moneim Aboul Fotouh, who took part in the first round of the presidential vote in May, said that dissolving parliament amounted to a “complete coup.”

Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party has won nearly half of the parliament’s seats during elections that were held late last year.

Earlier a lower court ruled that last year’s election was illegal because it allowed political parties to run candidates for the third of the parliament’s seats that were set aside for independents.

The court also ruled that the parliament-approved political isolation law is unconstitutional, allowing ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak’s last premier Ahmad Shafiq to stay in the presidential run-off this weekend.

Protesters gathered outside the court in the south Cairo neighborhood of Maadi, chanting slogans against Shafiq and demanding the application of the law.

Many Egyptians fear that the Shafiq is the undeclared candidate of the military council, and that the military-appointed election committee overseeing the election will forge the results in favor of Shafiq.

The Thursday rulings come just two days ahead of a tense presidential runoff between Shafiq and Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate Mohammed Morsi.

Early results show Morsi has won 78 percent of the expatriates’ votes and is ahead of Shafiq.


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