Egypt's Court adjourns ruling on constitution-drafting assembly

Ahram Online , Monday 30 Jul 2012

The administrative court hearing set to rule on petition filed by Islamist lawyers over the replacement of judges set to rule on the constituent assembly drafting committee, is adjourned to September

Administrative Court
Tens of protesters and a heavy security prsence outside Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court, Giza, Cairo, Egypt, Monday (Photo: Nada El-Kouny)

Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) decided Monday to postpone the court ruling over a petition filed by Muslim Brotherhood lawyers to 24 September.

The petition calls for the recusal of the judges expected to rule on the validity of the second Constituent Assembly.

No additional reasons for the delay were mentioned by the judges except that following Monday's defences that they needed time to continue studying the case.

The Brotherhood, as the majority in the now-dissolved lower house of parliament, took up the task of defending the legitimacy of the constitution-drafting body.

They filed a petition to replace the SAC judges who are expected to give a verdict on the current Constituent Assembly, arguing the panel is biased given that they had previously ruled against the parliamentary procedure forming the first assembly. The court dissolved the first Constitutent Assembly in April.

In June, Egypt’s High Constitutional Court declared that the law which regulated the elections of the lower house of parliament (the People's Assembly) was unconstitutional leading to the military council dismantling the legislative body in mid-June.

Since the People's Assembly had chosen the current Constituent Assembly's 100 members, the second assembly itself came into question.

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