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President Morsi expects parliamentary polls in October: MENA

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi says he expects parliamentary elections to be held in October, after a court ruling halted the vote initially scheduled for April

AFP, Wednesday 27 Mar 2013
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Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi (Photo: Reuters)
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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi expects parliamentary elections to be held in October, the official MENA news agency said Wednesday, after the vote was delayed by legal and political challenges.

Morsi, speaking to the Egyptian community in Doha where he attended an Arab summit, said he "expected parliamentary elections would be held in October and that parliament would be in session before the year's end," MENA said.

The upper house of parliament – which temporarily holds legislative power –  approved a new electoral law late on Tuesday. The bill is to be reviewed by the country's top court being before ratification.

The parliamentary vote was scheduled for April but an administrative court ordered its cancellation because it said Morsi had ratified the new electoral law without sending it to the Supreme Constitutional Court for approval, as required by the constitution.

The president had repeatedly insisted that elections would usher in stability, dismissing criticism that the timing of the polls was wrong with the country gripped by unrest and deep political division.

Egypt's main opposition bloc, the National Salvation Front (NSF), had already announced it would boycott the April vote – expressing doubts over its transparency – and demanded a new electoral law.

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28-03-2013 03:51am
The Courts Usurping Legislative And Executive Branch - Is It Due To Flaw In The Constituion
The judiciary nullifying the decisions of executive and at the same time requiring laws passed by Syura Council to be passed by the Courts before being assented by the President demonstrates the supremacy of the Judiciary over other branches of the government. The Courts have now assumed the superior power over the legislature and executive. You don't now need the President and the Syura Council as the court reign supreme with unlimited veto power. What a pity. Looks like Egypt is not governable without removing all the remnants of Mubarak regime either in the courts, civil service or mass media. Everyone in Cairo knows who are these people.Time for President Morsi to go on nationwide tour explaining the problems and causes to the cross section of the Egyptian people who are clueless about it.
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