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.

soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. CNNuthin

    And I thought the elections in the USA and Russia were dishonest. Actually this isn't too far off from the Russian Election.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill1776

      Why, specifically, would you conclude that elections in the U.S. were dishonest? By what evidence? Or is it simply your complaint because your agenda isn't the winner all the time?

      June 14, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • JIMMY W


      June 14, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mohamiss Shafik-Kaddir

    Inshallah we defeat the Infidels and create the Calliphate , Muslims Brothers , fight for your freedom from disbelief in Islam ! Lay low the disbelievers ! Defeat the decievers and the unclean!The Earth belongs to Allah and Allah alone , take your freedom ! Fight for the correct way of thinking ! Fight for Islam !

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

      Ladies and gentlemen, may I present the Religion of Peace.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Yeah, that'll help...
      Islam is doing for the Middle East what the Enola Gay did for Hiroshima...

      June 14, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • sopwith camel

      The time is soon approaching when the civilized peoples of the Earth will chose the final solution for the bronze age devils of islam. We have the technology and the mindset becomes firmer with each outrage that you evil messengers of satan unleash. Race specific pathogens will be coming your way goat humper.

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

      Or stop fighting and embrace peace. Ya know, cause then everyone wins.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      LOL Responses like that is why we are killing muslems

      June 14, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Spaghetti Monster (not to be confused with the Great Flying Spaghetti Monster)

      Silly, didn't you hear? The Mormons had the right religion, the Mormons.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Raiddan

      Your Allah is nothing more than a pagan idol, your symbol the crescent moon and star are symbols of Satan. Why you think original hebrew Lucifer means "Cresent one"? Go crawl back into a cave until you educate yourself about your religion. Your religion is a bloodthrity one and the True God does like his followers murdering anyone.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • XEr

      Nurse, please give Mohamiss another enema – he is raving again ...

      June 14, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • JIMMY W


      June 14, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark Stanley

      Everything is better with bacon.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard da First

      There ya go buddy! Bring on the 6th century! How a few honor killings in solidarity and then maybe a pork barbecue! Good times.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Libertyforall

      MSK, can't you realize that your rantings are that of a brainwashed stooge. Youo are brainswashed into believing your religion is superior to others but if you were born into a catholic family Ireland you would not have been muslim. If you were born in a small village in Mexico do you really think you would be Muslim? Surely there must be some sane part of your psychic that realizes you are brainwashed by those around you. Wake up from your robotic route rantings and realize that it is all a fable created to get and keep a group of like minded people in power.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Hutch

    Gee, I think Beck predicted this. So much for an rab Spring, sure hope it doesn't come here

    June 14, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tomas

    Ah, remember back when the main stream media and the Obama administration was feeling the joy over the Arab Spring? They were all teary eyed over the spread of freedom and democracy. At the same time Laura Logan was being molested by gangs of freedom loving Egyptian men? Almost beyond all sense of logic and reason, They were both telling us that Al Jazeera was now a main stream news network and the Muslim Brotherhood were..... moderates? Fundamentalist are not moderates. Which means, there are no moderate Brothers (are there any "Sisters" in the Brotherhood) or moderate Taliban either. It's hard to tell who the enemies of America are.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • thomas Stratford

      And the morons want us to A; hand Egypt $ billions, and B; do the same for Syria!!!!

      June 14, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • jasvisp

      to Tomas...Almost beyond?

      June 14, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Michael Brown

    I'd take a dictator over an Islamic government any day. Egypt wasn't really in that bad a situation with Mubarak. The US ditched their support of him which they had given for many years and now look. This makes me look at the US government with disgust more and more. They have no idea what's going to happen. They are winging it out there trying to root for the winning team for "democracy" and they are getting a big wake up call that they aren't going to see that at all in these countries.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. Lance

    That's right. You better keep those radical Islamists out of power because if they take over, the world is going to be looking at another Iran.

    It is better for Syria to stay with Assad, and better for Egypt to be run by the Military, than it is to let brain-damaged radicals run those countries.

    As we see repeatedly in the Middle East, stone-aged thinking people are not ready for freedom, liberty and democratic governments. Those people respond better to force and punishment. Tha's just the way it is. Look at any Islamist country in that region and you see exactly the same things: the Islamist-ruled country becomes either chaotic, or a threat to the world.

    Stop trying to force Western ideas on the cave dwellers. They are not ready for it, and they will slit your throat when you turn your back.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. jtorgerson

    Way to pick winners, Obama. You have such a startling ability to be on the very wrong side of every single decision.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. usawatching

    there was never any possibility that the military would chance giving up all their lucrative business dealings to anything approximating a democracy. the people will have to go back to the streets but this time the military will follow Assad's formula of murdering and destroying anyone who dares standup to them. unfortunately we will once again watch the peaceful Arab Street slaughtered by weapons unfortunately supplied mostly by the USA to Mubarek.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      I blame B. Hussein

      June 14, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. Eygpt is Doing Fine

    Obama's foreign policy initatives in the Middle East are working out as expected. It appears that Obama's handles foreign policy as well as he handles the US economy.

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


      June 14, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. bill.1942

    Obama did a great job masterminding this one. He got rid of Mubarak, who was a U.S. ally, and set it up for the Islamists to take over in a "democratic" election. Instead, Egypt now has a new military dictatorship. Looks more like the return of Nassar than a democracy. Pathetic!!

    June 14, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Lance

      Better to have a military dictatorship than an Islamic government.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joey

    So much for Barry's Arab spring.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. dallasTEXAN

    Coming soon to Libya and Syria.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. Chris

    Egyptian military timed this with the understanding that the US would not intervene seriously ahead of a US election.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. 007

    Where's the news? The military has run the government for at least the last 50 years...

    June 14, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tacitus Talks

    Liberty and a republican (not the party but the concept) form of government is European in its origin. An authoritarian regime was best suited to Egypt and when the Islamist s take control, you can bet your life it will be authoritarian, just like Iran. Herein is another example where our president has bungled it, Egypt, which was an ally, now a potential enemy and another "Iran". All of North Africa is going the way of radical Islam, another bungle by Obama. Russia is closely allying itself with Syria beginning to send troops (like Afghanistan in 1980). I was in college during Carters regime, this is like deja vu.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Lance

      Although I don't care much for Russia, I do agree with their helping Assad. If he falls, the country falls into chaos with another radical Islamic government. That is not good for the West.

      Saddam Hussein was a cruel dictator in Iraq, but now that he is gone, and the US Military is gone, the greatest danger is that Iran will merge with Iraq to become a Super Persia.

      The US Govt must learn that we CANNOT place Western values on Middle Eastern govts and expect it to work. It will not work.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul Revere

      You know little to nothing about islam, apart from the baloney CNN and NBC tells you if you think this is "radical" islam. It is not. And that is why current events over there makes no sense to you people, to the rest of us who take our understanding of islam directly from the Koran itself and the words of those empowered to oversee implementation of sharia law, taken from the Koran and the other two holy books, this all makes total sense. The US government and the majority of the ignorant American public are completely wrong on this and we would be best served if we took this opportunity to take a page out of China and Russia's book and just stay the hell out of this mess and quit treating it like it we have a vested interest in it. We don't.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Tacitus Talks

      Paul Revere, during the 1980s when the liberals were going after Ollie North for dealing with moderate Islamist people: the liberals said the difference between moderate and radical in Islam is the radical slits your throat. Those of us who have lived in Islamic societies and don't claim our expertise because we refer to Pakistan as PAKEEESTAN understand the duplicity and danger of committed the committed Islamist. Of course there is the nominal Muslim (like the nominal Christian) whose religion is defined by his place of birth, but those are extremely rare.

      June 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
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