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. kimdi01

    Yea!!! Obama's "democracy" in action.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. thomas Stratford

    Obama is doing backflips an Egyptian military junta to attack obama's real enemy...the Jews!

    June 14, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. atlanta1941

    Arabs just don't like freedom, rule of law and democracy

    June 14, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. bob the builder

    chalk up one more win for Obama.

    If Obama had a failed foreign policy, it would look a lot like this.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ted

    I am inclined to believe this may be a good thing. I think the Egyptians have shown they are not ready for democracy or representative government. Mobs attack women in the streets. Thousands clamor for an end to a peace treaty that has kept the peace for decades. An Islamist is one of the two candidates for president and thus all personal freedoms in the country are in jeopardy. I actually think the Army might offer them more freedoms than a vote would.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. Chuck

    Same failed policies as with oil. "Bush only went to Iraq for oil for his buddies.' How much oil are his 'buddies' getting? Russia, China can drill of our coasts but we can't Oil for sale all over the world and Russia and China are buying it all. Meanwhile, obama and his minions deny us the right while throwing OUR MONEY into failed green energy companies- who in turn, give it back to him for re-election. Sounds illegal to me, but who's going to stop him? our crooked atty general?

    June 14, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sure

    ...and begorrah, Obama masterminded the assassination of Anwar Sedat, which started spelling the end of peace in that region.....smh!!!

    June 14, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. jukin

    Thank you presidebt 0bama.

    More proof that 0bama is the smartest man in the history of the universe.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. BlownfuelCoupe

    Civility out of "Democratic" Kaos? Doubtful.

    Animals know only what they want, rarely do they know what to give.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. williampenn

    The Muslim Brotherhood Spring, just the way Obama planned it.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joe Patriot

    Thanks God we get to vote Obungler out in November and get a real leader. Community organizing is not the same as leading the worlds largest economy and last bastion of democracy. We shall prevail.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mitzy

    Seems like exterminating Jews is the only thing Arabs can all agree on.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. Sure

    You're all right, the moment baby Obama was born, he was the very cause of all of the world's problems...dicating bad policy in diapers...everything wrong in every country everywhere is Obama Obama Obama's fault...him and him alone...all foreign policiy has been authored by him starting in people are freaking stupid! Everything that goes on in the world is NOT dictated by one flesh and blood man. You all have an unreasonable expectation of how much only one man holds!

    June 14, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jake

    If a people want democracy, it has to be done by them, they have to think of it, and achieve what they want on their own, otherwise, it means nothing, just like what we have here in Egypt. Also, think of how we're losing our rights in America, people born here into freedom, never did a thing to earn it, so, they take it for granted...

    June 14, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Lance

      Cave-dwellers are not ready for democracy. Many people in the Middle East and related regions have a 6th century mentality. That's just the way it is.

      It is better for the West to keep them contained, destroy their WMDs, and always guard against their attacks. They hate us for who we are, not what we've done.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • ylem

      Those protests were lead by far-left and Islamic extremists, like the Muslim Brotherhood. The people of Egypt were fooled.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Alan K. Whitney

      The people of the Middle East and North Africa wouldn't recognize "Democracy," if it bit them on the nose.

      The West keeps projecting it's values where they are not workable; that is the problem. Meanwhile, folks are dying.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  15. Paolo

    Islam = Insanity

    June 14, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @Paolo, brilliant acronym!

      June 14, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
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