Egypt's highest court declares parliament invalid
Egyptian parliament members met in Cairo on Tuesday to elect members of a constitution committee.
June 14th, 2012
10:27 AM ET

Egypt's highest court declares parliament invalid

[Updated at 11:44 a.m. ET] Egypt's highest court declared the parliament invalid Thursday, and the country's interim military rulers promptly declared full legislative authority, triggering a new level of chaos and confusion in the country's leadership.

The Supreme Constitutional Court also ruled that a former member of President Hosni Mubarak's regime may run in a presidential election runoff this weekend.

The ruling on parliament means that it must be dissolved, state TV reported.

The court found that all articles making up the law that regulated parliamentary elections are invalid, said Showee Elsayed, a constitutional lawyer.

Parliament had been in session for just over four months. It was dominated by Islamists, a group long viewed with suspicion by the military.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, in control of the country since Mubarak's ouster, announced that it now has full legislative power and will announce a 100-person assembly that will write the country's new constitution. The court's rulings come a day after Egypt's military-led government imposed a de facto martial law, extending the arrest powers of security forces.

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  1. Lance

    They hate any non-believer. They hate: how Western women dress, Hollywood, our freedom and liberty (esp. for women), our Christian religion.

    They have hated non-Muslims since the religion was formed in the 6th century, long before the United States was founded.

    They do have their excuses as to why they hate us, but it is that single fact that we are non-believers, more than any other, that they want to kill everyone of us. Believe it.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sarah

    To Johnno: Because of your ignorant remark: let me remind you that the Egyptians are NOT Arabs and do not deserve anything but the best as far as leadership. Let me remind you that Egypt had Jews as their slaves at one point in history. Watch what you say!!

    June 14, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mohamiss Shafik-Kaddir

    Allah ( Peace be upon him ) shall give the shaiddis victory . The Brotherhood wiil prevail and the Lght of the Wold , the Calliphate , will be born . Islam is the gift to mankind from Allah , and all are welcome . Islam is will prevail .

    June 15, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. steve

    Judaism, Christianity & Islam all preach the same message. "Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you." IS ANYONE ACTUALLY GETTING THE MESSAGE??!?!?!?

    June 18, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
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