Egypt`s top court says verdict on Parl `binding`
Egypt`s top court on Monday delivered a sharp retort to Mohamed Mursi, telling state institutions that all its ruling were "binding" on them.
Cairo: Egypt`s top court on Monday delivered a sharp retort to Mohamed Mursi, telling state institutions that all its ruling were "binding" on them, a day after the newly- elected President reinstated the dissolved Parliament in direct confrontation with the Army and the Judiciary.
The Presidential decree that came yesterday had surprised several sections of the society, and questions were raised over its legal tenability.
Responding to the decree that nullified its order to dissolve the Parliament on certain technical grounds, Egypt`s Supreme Constitutional Court said that all of its decisions were 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 statement came after Parliamentary speaker Saad El-Katatni called for a general Parliamentary session to take place tomorrow.
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.