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Egypt court upholds ruling over ‘dissolution of Parliament’

Last Updated: Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 15:57

Washington: Egypt`s Supreme Administrative Court has upheld an earlier ruling that dissolved the nation’s parliament just days before Mohammed Morsi was declared victor in the country`s presidential election.

It ruled against an appeal by a former lawmaker who wanted the court to reinstate two-thirds of parliament, only excluding the third that was deemed to have been elected illegally, News Agencies reported.

According to the report, the ruling upheld the decision of the Supreme Constitutional Court, which said parliamentary elections had incorrectly allowed party members to contest the third of seats set aside for independents.

The Egyptian Parliament had convened once after its dissolution, on orders from Morsi, whose Brotherhood group controlled the most seats, the News agencies said.

Morsi now holds legislative powers in the absence of parliament and after the forced retirement of generals he previously shared powers with, it added.


First Published: Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 14:49
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