Standoff: Egyptian Supreme Court Declares Morsi Parliament Decree Unconstitutional As Military Warns New President
The Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt on June 14 invalidated the elections that led to the current Islamist-dominated parliament’s composition.
The Court, which convened for an emergency session on Monday, said that it could not simply reverse Morsi’s decree as head of state. However, it added it would consider appeals challenging the constitutionality of the presidential decision.
‘The rulings and judgments are final and cannot be appealed as provided by law,’ the justices wrote in a statement. ‘These decisions and their justifications are binding for all state authorities.’
‘The Court asserts, as it has done repeatedly, it does not take a side in any political confrontation,’ they added.
The Court had invalidated a full third of the seats in Egypt’s the lower house of parliament, the People’s Assembly, claiming the election law was unconstitutional.” Read more.
Egyptian Military Council Warns New Islamist President – “Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has reminded the president-elect, Mohamed Mursi, of its own powerful position in the country. The military issued a statement saying it expects all state institutions to respect the constitution – a barely-disguised warning to the newly-elected Muslim Brotherhood member. The move followed a decision by Mursi to revoke the military council’s executive order which last month dissolved the Islamist-majority parliament. The dissolution had been backed by a June 14 Supreme Court ruling that said a third of the legislators were elected illegally.” Read more.