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HCC general assembly to convene to discuss restoration of People's Assembly

General assembly of Egypt's High Constitutional Court (HCC) to hold emergency meeting on Monday to mull implications of president's surprise reinstatement of parliament's lower house

Ahram Online , Sunday 8 Jul 2012
Morsi swears in front of the Supreme constitutional court
Morsi swears in front of the Supreme constitutional court (Photo:Reuters)
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The general assembly of Egypt's High Constitutional Court (HCC) will hold a meeting early Monday to discuss President Mohamed Morsi's decree reinstating the People’s Assembly (the lower house of Egypt's parliament), which was dissolved last month by order of the military.

Judge Tarek Shebl, member of the HCC's general assembly, told Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website that Sunday's presidential resolution represented an "attempt to circumvent" last month's HCC ruling that found a parliamentary elections law – which governed last year's legislative polls – to be unconstitutional.

"HCC rulings are binding on all state authorities," Shebl said. "The resolution reinstating the People’s Assembly does not change the HCC’s rationale regarding the assembly's unconstitutionality."

He went on to say that any legislation issued by parliament's reinstated lower house "would be considered unconstitutional."

Former HCC head Farouq Sultan likewise slammed Morsi's decision.

"I'm astonished how the president, who swore to respect the law, has issued a decree that not only violates the law but also violates the HCC, the state's highest judicial authority," Sultan told Al-Ahram's news website.

According to Sultan, the decision ultimately rests with Egypt's administrative courts, which are responsible for determining the legality of presidential decisions and decrees.

"Morsi's decision is considered an administrative one, which the administrative courts have the authority to overturn," Sultan was quoted as saying.  

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Abdulghani
10-07-2012 04:16am
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SCC/HCC can give their rulings.
SCC/HCC can only give their findings and views. They can't order that this ruling is enforced. That is up to the legitimate EXECUTIVE authority to do. Now it is The President who has that authority. SCAF don't have it any longer.
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Abdul
09-07-2012 12:09pm
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Morsi took the bold decision
HCC only have the right to make interpretation on a law whether the law was applied correctly or not. HCC does have any authority to dissolve a popularly elected parliament. Nobody should support the decision of HCC and SCAF in any circumstances if they really support democracy in Egypt.
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Alien
08-07-2012 11:03pm
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Lier
Moursi is a liar, he has proven it once again and this is not the last time
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Munir Ahmed Khalili
08-07-2012 08:54pm
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Morsi's Step
Dr. Morsi should have waited for some time and must have not stirred up hornet's nest so early. It may cause a big problem for fragile democracy in Egypt
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