Egypt court rejects constitutional draft articles spelling out its powers

Ahram Online, Tuesday 16 Oct 2012

Head of Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court rejects all articles of draft constitution concerning its powers, claims draft represents attempt to interference in court's affairs

Egypt's High Constitution Court (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) rejects all constitutional draft articles concerning its powers, SCC head Judge Maher El-Beheiri declared at a Tuesday press conference.

On Wednesday, Egypt's Constituent Assembly, tasked with drawing up a new national charter, released its first official draft constitution.

According to El-Beheiri, the draft represents an attempt to "interfere in the SCC's affairs." He also complained about the "vagueness" of draft articles related to the SCC.

El-Beheiri went on to say that the court's general assembly would continue meeting until all draft articles "that threaten judiciary independence" were amended.

Meanwhile, Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court on Tuesday is expected to begin looking into legal complaints against the constitution-drafting body. Several lawsuits have been filed challenging the assembly's constitutionality and the mechanisms employed for selecting its members.

The SCC ruled in June that the law that regulated last year's parliamentary polls was unconstitutional. This led to the dissolution of the People's Assembly (the lower house of Egypt's parliament), which had appointed the Constituent Assembly's 100 members.

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