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Sisi repeals law imposing deadlines on constitutional court rulings on parliament

Ahram Online , Tuesday 28 Jul 2015
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A law requiring Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) to rule on the constitutionality of parliamentary election laws within a maximum of five days after hearing a case was overturned by president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Tuesday. 

This repeal means that no deadline is presently enforced.

El-Sisi has held legislative powers sine his election in 2014 due to absence of parliament.

No cases regarding election laws are currently awaiting an SCC decision.

Egypt has been without a parliament since June 2012 when a court dissolved the lower chamber after ruling it was not constitutionally elected.

The repeal by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi was published in the official gazette of the government on Tuesday. The provision was introduced by former interim president Adly Mansour in 2014.

The parliamentary elections were delayed in March after the SCC looked into cases brought against the laws which govern the voting process. The court found parts of the three laws unconstitutional.

These laws are the Parliamentary Elections Law, the Law of the Exercise of Political Rights, and the Elections Constituency Division Law.

In early July, El-Sisi amended an election law regulating electoral constituencies; a step which paves the way for the elections to take place before the end of this year. 

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