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Parliament 'will hold its activities as planned' as verdict implementation within SCAF's powers

Parliament will continue with its activities next week as planned despite Thursday's court ruling dissolving one third of its members, though Constitutional Court said verdict is enforceable

Ahram Online, Thursday 14 Jun 2012
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The Head of the Egypt's Constitutional Court Farouk Sultan said that Thursday's court rulings have been issued in the state's Official Journal and are thus enforceable.

However, Sultan said that the Constitutional court does not have the authority to implement its verdicts, in case parliament does not suspend its activities in response, and that implementation is within the powers of the executive authorities, which are currently at the command of SCAF.

Egypt's High Constitutional Court on Thursday ruled that the Political Disenfranchisement Law, which had been referred to it by the Presidential Elections Commission, was unconstitutional. In the same session, the court found the election of one third of parliamentary seats, reserved for individual candidates, unconstitutional.

On the other hand, Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Salafist Al-Nour party figure Ashraf Thabet said that parliament will hold its Tuesday plenary as normal, denying that parliament will hold an emergency session upon the ruling.

He further said that parliament will be discussing its legal options following the ruling since it only concerns one third of its members.

As though unfazed by the ruling, the parliamentary secretariat distributed the periodical agenda of the parliamentary committees’ activities, which start on 18 June.

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