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Constituent Assembly's fate adjourned to 9 October

Egypt's administrative court postpones trial looking into calls for disbanding constitution-drafting body, citing need to further study documents and memos pertaining to case

Ahram Online, Tuesday 2 Oct 2012
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The Administrative Court in Cairo adjourned the case calling for the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly on Tuesday, to 9 October.

The case was postponed as judges are still looking into documents and memos regarding the case.

The High Constitutional Court declared in June that the law which regulated the election of the People's Assembly (lower house of parliament) was unconstitutional, leading the then-ruling military council to dissolve the legislative body.

Because the People's Assembly had appointed the 100-members of the Constituent Assembly, the legitimacy of assembly itself came into question.

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02-10-2012 02:35pm
A New Constituent Assembly is needed
If the High Constitutional Court declared that the People's Assembly is unconstitutional, and the People's Assembly had appointed the 100-members of the Constituent Assembly, then logically the Constituent Assembly lacks legitimacy. One can only hope that the Administrative Court will come to that conclusion. In the mean time, members of the Constituent Assembly will keep arguing and debating. One wonders how the Constitution of other democracies was written and by who? and what was wrong with the last Egyptian Constitution? It might be easier to amend some of its Articles by the new Parliament and public vote instead of writing the whole document!!
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