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. Jeff Gibson

    I don't think Obama "bungled" this— His actions indicate this outcome was pretty close to his desire. He hasn't been very concerned about Iran and I don't think he minds another militarized Islamic enemy of Israel— or the United States for that matter! As I recall, he was rooting for the "Arab Spring" not very long ago. Saying he "bungled" national policy this badly implies he is an imbecile. He's not!

    June 14, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • stratabuse

      The Muslim Brotherhood took over and will create a government of thugs, suggest you get back to school get a few years of experience then reassess the Obama screwup!

      June 14, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • The Oracle

      An "imbecile"? Obama an imbecile? No, of course that's not true. Unfortunately, it's much worse than that...

      June 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jake49

    They require the iron rod, not democracy. For them democracy will mean chaos. The military sees this and is doing the right thking.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. The StatistQuo

    I am sure Hillary will express "concern" over these latest developments . . . with a stern letter to follow. The whole world is saying to her and Barack, "I got your reset button right here". Back to square one, guys.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. Maxwell


    Muslim Brotherhood... Take Two!

    June 14, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • BobStrebs

      US Hillary supported Muslim Brotherhood (al Qaeda) take one. Libya was two and Syria is becoming US Hillary supported three. Did a miss a few? And weren't we at war with al Qaeda? Aren't they the reason my private parts are being groped at the airport and sports events? Kind of gives a new meaning to the Ball Game as the great American past time. Why is Hillary supporting The Enemy while taking away our freedoms in fear of them?

      June 14, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sure

    Can't wait for Romney to be votied in so more progress can be blocked out by a megalomaniac moron who will promtly try to send our troops overseas a la crusader style to conver these people to his version of 'chrisianity' while getting rid of every job so they have nothing to come back home to. Considering Roney has no foreign policy ideas at all, better brush off you old uniforms, people, because the draft will come back after he's killed off all of the voluteers who enlisted willingly. Yep, that's what ur gonna get with your latest GOP ventriloquist dummy. Hope ur all going to be very happy!

    June 14, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Lance

      But for Harry Reid and a few democrat senators, Obama could have been stopped through impeachment. The damage from his presidency is killing our country, and is a threat to much of the world.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian Astb

      @Sure, how does it feel to have your IQ the same as your shoe size?

      June 14, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. SkidogUSMC

    I do not care one iota about Egypt. $16 trillion in national debt and the government continuing to erode my liberty and rights for "security" is my chief concern. Who cares about the Middle East when the American people are losing America to our own government.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • William

      Let remember what our government said about returning Vets too.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. TJ

    That does not sound good. More chaos in the streets.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. BobStrebs

    Look, listen and learn, America. Sometimes a govt goes out of control. Then it's time for the people to just say NO!

    June 14, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. Maud StJames

    Surprise, surprise.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dickn52

    The next step is for the Military to actually think that they can beat Israel...this time, and pull the pin and start another war. Israel of course will kick their sorry excuse for a military in the a$$ and retake the canal.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    Yeh sure we we are on spot with our comments.
    Arabs like people every where want to live their lives in relative peace and freedom according to their aspirations. Its the rulers supported, protected and patronized by us who wouldn't let go. be it S.Arabia, Jordan. Arab emirates & such.
    Egypt was ruled by one of the most ruthless dictators ( one of our favorites) for thirty years until the people rose as if one and threw him out despite wails from the likes of McCain who wanted us to continue supporting him. He & his cohorts changed their wails to cries of support for democracy when they saw the tidal wave of revolution crashing against the regime.
    President Obama was assailed by the congress for not doing enough to get Mubarak out. We sure know when to change the tune.
    Now the military funded by you know who, wouldn't let democracy evolve.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian Astb

      @BobStrebs. Like the government now headed up by the corrupt lying baboon.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. paul49

    Arab Spring Naive protesters. Be careful what you wish for.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. William

    You are stating the obvious.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. Michael Brown

    All religions are a lie so you Christians mocking Islam, don't forget the millinos killed in the name of Chrisitanity. Don't act so holier than thou because your history proves otherwise.
    Imagine how much better the word would be without religion...

    June 14, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • mascmen7

      I am sure Michael Brown that you meant that the world would be better off if the world did not have Islam in its midst, the world's most violent and intolerant political system posing as a religion.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • greg p

      Imagine how much better the word would be without rMichael Brown...

      June 14, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • doublecucks

      What do you know that is not a lie? Perhaps your life is a lie.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • PJ47

      "Imagine a world without religion" Yes, I recall reading about Lenin's and Stalin's times. Far more peaceful, right?

      The issue isn't religion. It's about the morality of a person or people behind the system. With or without religion, you can have tyranny.

      June 14, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • David H

      "Without God, all things are possible". -Nietzsche. It was not meant to be a complement. Bash Christianity as much as you wish, today's churches are working tirelessly to make this world a better place. Godless atheism certainly is not. Occupy ... anarchists are not. Islam certainly is not. So keep your hatred and anger to yourself, you aren't impressing me with your intellect.

      June 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • codger76

      OK. Try this on for size. Without religion you get the disillusionment of Jean Paul Sartre, who said that the only philosophical question worth asking was why should a man not commit suicide? No god equals no rules, No rules equals rule by the biggest, meanist, and richest. Rules by the biggest, meanist, and richest means all the rest of us have hell on earth now. You may like that. I don't.

      June 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • stoptouchingthatmabel

      Michael Brown I think you need to lie down.

      June 14, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • WDarwin

      Michael Brown, a world without a higher power is this evil world you speak of run by governments of men who think they give rights to people. Part of this, they can take these rights away. As we see daily by this article and people like you!

      June 14, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter Gee

      Hmm, we have had numerous times without religion in systems that supressed it.. Maoism, Stalinism, Polpotism and Nazi-ism. The results were even worse, if anything. The world will never be rid of religion so work otwards reforming religions, friend..otherwise you are wasting your time.

      June 14, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Oh yeah, yeah. I know. Christians are even more evil, blah, blah, yawn. I hear such things alot as part of the prevailing anti-Christian narrative among the European masses of youth who have taken on anticlericalism in lieu of Marxism these days.. Maybe you mean those killed in religious wars over several centuries? Maybe you mean those natives killed by Europeans in the Americas, both as part of political conquest and accidentally by disease? I don't know. I doubt you know. It's dubious in its dire implications, and it's not the here and now. Rather, it's a tired canard that anti-Christian bigots, and Western self-loathers like to throw up in defense of whatever they can throw it up in defense to. They do this out of some deep-seated spite (hate and bigotry) and out of, well, self-loathing, pursuant to which they always root against themselves, the West, and America in particular, regardless of how atrocious the alternative, in an effort to somehow passive-aggressively stick it to the man, as it were. Well, by gosh, you win Michael Brown! Bravo! ...Such bigots and self-loathers are oftentimes also conspiracy theorists, who see Moussad boogiemen and nefarious CIA agents in every shadow. It's patently neurotic, and dangerous.

      June 14, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Infidel

      Funny Michael, you are named after God's angel of war and wrath...

      June 14, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mascmen7

    Islam is the problem, a belief system concocted by a murderous, polygamist, raider of caravans. The world's most violent and intolerant religion held by Obama a Sunni Muslim and supported by a Jew, Hillary Clinton posing as a Methodist. Court came to the rescue after Obama deposed our ally Mubarak. Obama is no friend of USA.

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