Egypt court won't listen to argument Salafist Nour Party unconstitutional

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Saturday 19 Mar 2016

 Youness Makhioun
Al Nour party chief Youness Makhioun (Reuters)

Egypt’s Higher Administrative Court refused to hear on Saturday a case which asks for the dissolution of the Salafist Nour Party as unconstitutional.

The lawsuit, one of several, was filed by lawyer Sami El-Roubi against all political parties that have a religious point of reference.

Egyptian elections laws prohibit the formation of political parties on the basis of race or religion.

The Nour Party, spawned after the 2011 uprising as the political arm of the Salafist Call, is the only potent Islamist party that survived as a legal entity following deadly confrontations between Islamists and the authorities since the 2013 ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi.

The Nour Party supported the toppling of Islamist leader Morsi, who hailed from the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood. 

It garnered only 12 seats in the parliamentary elections that took place over two phases in 2015.

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