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Egypt court rejects lawsuits against Constituent Assembly

High Constitutional Court dismisses lawsuits on composition of constitution-drafting body

Ahram Online , Sunday 3 Mar 2013
Constituent Assembly
The members of Egypt’s Constituent Assembly meet at the Shura Council in Cairo, September 11, 2012 (photo: Reuters)
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The High Constitutional Court (HCC) has dismissed two lawsuits challenging the legality of Egypt's second Constituent Assembly which wrote the country's standing constitution.

The lawsuits challenged the criteria used to appoint members of the assembly by Egypt's lower house of parliament.

In June 2012, Egypt's High Constitutional Court dissolved the lower house of parliament because the law governing its elections was unconstitutional.

Egypt's Administrative Court referred the lawsuits to the HCC in October 2012.

The constitution was officially approved on 25 December 2012.

The first Constituent Assembly, which was also appointed by the lower house and was dominated by Islamists, was dissolved by an administrative court  in April 2012.


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Saba E. Demian, M.D.
04-03-2013 01:22am
Straddling the fence
The High Constitutional Court's (HCC) dismissal of lawsuits on composition of constitution-drafting body is the height of ambiguity. If the lower house was dissolved and ruled unconstitutional how then is its role in forming the one hundred members of the Constitution Council be considered legal? It is either that the dismissal of the law suits by the HCC is political or indecision bordering on manipulation by outside forces. Saba E. Demian, M.D.
Comment's Title
04-03-2013 04:13pm
Old argument
This horse is dead, go find another one.

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