Egypt showdown: Military, Judiciary pitted against Mursi

Egypt`s top court on Monday retorted by telling state institutions that all its ruling were "binding" on them.

Zeenews Bureau

Cairo: Egypt seems to be heading for a new political crisis.

A day after Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi reinstated the dissolved Parliament confronting the Army and the Judiciary head on, Egypt`s top court on Monday retorted by telling state institutions that all its ruling were "binding" on them.

The Supreme Constitutional Court sent out a clear signal that it will not bow to Morsi`s wish, saying in a statement after an emergency meeting on Monday that its June 14 ruling to invalidate the Islamist-dominated parliament was final and binding.

"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.

The military too, delivered a thinly-veiled warning to the president, saying it would continue to support the country`s "legitimacy, constitution and law".

Mursi, through his spokesman Yasser Ali, insisted his decision to reconvene the 508-seat chamber on Tuesday was an "assertion of the popular will."

The court however stressed that it was "not a part of any political conflict... But the limit of its sacred duty is the protection of the texts of the Constitution."

The Presidential decree that appears to have sparked a verbal one upmanship puts the newly-elected dispensation in conflict with the Judiciary on one side and the ruling military on the other.

Though President Mursi and Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi made a joint appearance at the armed forces graduation ceremony today, the rift between the Supreme Council of Armed Forces and the executive was for everyone to see.

In a surprise move yesterday, Mursi asserted his authority by nullifying the dissolution of the Parliament, but in line with the Supreme Court declared that fresh elections will be held within 60 days of the adoption of a new Constitution.

Following the decree, both SCAF and High Constitutional Court had held emergency meetings to discuss the developments.

With PTI Inputs

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