Egypt: Court Dissolves Parliament 3 Days before Elections (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 06/14/12)
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Egypt´s constitutional court ruled on Thursday disqualified the
country´s parliament, just three days before presidential elections.
The court ruled that one third of the seats in the Islamist-dominated
parliament were invalid.
Following this decision, Egypt´s ruling military council announced
that if any part of the parliament is illegal, then the entire body
should be dissolved.
Mohammed al-Beltagui, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political
arm, said the court’s ruling, together with another recent decision
giving the military powers of arrests, amounted to "a complete coup
through which the military council erases the most honorable period
in this nation’s history.”
Beltagui is a senior member of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice
Party, which dominated the parliament that has been dissolved.
The constitutional court also ruled against a law that would have
barred deposed president Hosni Mubarak´s last prime minister, Ahmed
Shafiq, from participating in Sunday´s presidential poll runoff
against the Brotherhood´s Mohammed Morsi.
Anonymous sources in the military council told Al Jazeera that the
council will regain legislative authority and form a new constituent
assembly on Friday.
Shafiq welcomed the court rulings in a conference before his
supporters, saying it heralded an end to an "era of political score
settling." The constitutional court "has confirmed my right to
participate in the election and reinforced the legitimacy of this
election," he said.
The law struck down by the constitutional court was approved by the
parliament two months ago. It would have stripped political rights
from anyone who served in top government posts in the last decade of
Channel 2´s veteran Arab affairs analyst Ehud Yaari said Thursday
that the Muslim Brotherhood will not accept an election result in
which Shafiq emerges victorious. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/14/12)
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