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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soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. herewegoagain...

    Round two...

    June 14, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. Steve

    don't want to lose the U.S. Tax money aid.....

    June 14, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. CJ

    Let the Chaos begin. This is sad that the Military has run Egypt for so long and they are not willing to give up power.
    What Revolution?

    June 14, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. STEVE

    If the Muslim Brotherhood takes control, Egypt is lost.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Alabama Black Snake

      If the Christian Brotherhood (tea baggers) take over the US, all hope is lost.

      June 14, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Words4Words

      Thats the reason the uprising happened. The youth want the Muslim Brotherhood in there. Thats why I dont understand why everyone was rooting for them. Say hello to New Egypt a new safe haven for muslim terrorists.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • jtorgerson

      I can't believe "Alabama Black Snake" could even remotely make a moral equivalency between Republicans and the Muslim Brotherhood.

      Liberalism IS a mental disorder.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. Nathan

    Yay the Arab spring is ...what? Ummm...ok then....

    June 14, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. George P

    Here we go again!

    June 14, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. butch

    doesn't look like anyone gives a crap. cool story though. if you read very carefully, you can see that parliament had been in session for just over 4 months.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. joedoakes101

    You better hope and pray the training those officers received form us is holding . . .

    June 14, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. njclay2004

    Oh wow, looks like all that fight for change has just been screwed over. Poor Egypt....!

    June 14, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. jack

    and so it begins....

    June 14, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. George

    Is this what the Arab Spring meant? I was way off in my understanding...

    June 14, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  12. swordsfor500

    Meet the new president... Same as the old president.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. WWRRD

    More pain for Egypt.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. Spidey

    Sounds like that Arab Spring is working out great....

    June 14, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  15. beth2117

    We're Screwed!!!

    June 14, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
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