Egypt court delays ruling on constitutional addendum, parliament decree until Thursday

Ahram Online, Tuesday 17 Jul 2012

The Administrative Court will give its verdicts on the constitutional addendum which dissolved parliament, and Morsi's presidential decree to reinstate the body, later this week

Protesters gathered on Tuesday in front of the State Council, where the administrative court convened (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

On Thursday, Egypt's Administrative Court will give its verdict on the appeals filed against the presidential decree issued by President Mohamed Morsi on 8 July, which reinstated the People's Assembly.

The lower house of parliament, which was dominated by Islamist parties, was dissolved on 14 June by the military council, following  a High Constitutional Court (HCC) order that rendered some articles in the parliamentary electoral law unconstitutional.

On the same day, the court will announce its verdict on the constitutional addendum, issued by the military council in mid-June following the dissolution of parliament.

The court adjourned its review of appeals against the constitutionality of the Constituent Assembly, which was formed by the now-dissolved parliament, as lawyers requested that the judges presiding over the case be recused. The case will reopen on Thursday.

The court has also referred the four lawsuits raised against the legitimacy of the upper houses of parliament, the Shura Council, that is still convening, to the State Commissioner.

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