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Egypt Islamist parties call for HCC's dissolution over elections law row

Muslim Brotherhood's FJP – along with 5 other Islamist-leaning parties – condemn constitutional court's call to give police/military the vote, call for referendum on court's dissolution

Ahram Online , Thursday 30 May 2013
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File photo: Riot police form a cordon as several thousand supporters of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi surround the Supreme Constitutional Court on Sunday to prevent the judges from entering and ruling on the legitimacy of the nation's Islamist-dominated constituent assembly, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. (Photo: AP)
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Six Islamist-leaning political parties on Thursday condemned recent calls by Egypt's High Constitutional Court (HCC) to grant military and police personnel the right to vote in national elections.

The six parties included the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, the Building and Reconstruction Party, the Tahrir Revolutionaries Party, the Socialist Work Party, the New Labour Party and the Wasat Party.

In a Thursday joint statement, the six parties called for holding a national referendum on whether or not the HCC should be dissolved.

The constitutional court, the parties declared, "has had a black record since Egypt's 25 January [2011] Revolution." They went on to accuse the HCC of "attempting to bring down state institutions for the sake of personal interests."

In the summer of last year, Egypt's then-ruling Supreme Military Council ordered the dissolution of Egypt's first post-Mubarak parliament – some three quarters of which had been held by Islamist parties – based on a recommendation by the HCC.

In their joint statement, the six Islamist-leaning parties expressed their support for the Egyptian military's desire to stay out of domestic politics.

The parties went on to condemn perceived attempts by some quarters to push Egypt's military establishment and police apparatus into partisan conflicts. 

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Tammy
30-05-2013 11:00pm
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really confused
so you trust the military and the police to protect your lives and your country and to protect it with their own blood and lives BUT you do not give them the right to vote?? they live in Egypt, they work in Egypt, they pay taxes and spend their wages in Egypt but they are not permitted to vote....that is totally ridiculously assinine..are they any less Egyptian than anyone else living in Egypt?? NO THEY ARE NOT!! it just shows the current dictatorial governments fear of the people by not allowing them to vote.
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