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. Nowswimback

    I'm pretty sure this is not going to last. Radical Islam will rule Egypt and the rest of the mideast, thanks entirely to the Jews and their golem, the US government, who have been causing trouble in that region for over half a century.

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

      What can you say, a people deserve their leader right? Arabs deserve to be ruled by brutal facio-islamists every bit as much as the Jews deserve secular benevolent leaders who believe in education and technology. Good on ya.

      June 14, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Texan

    Go military! I think most egyptians would prefer the strongman ruler to the alternative. Go Federales!

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

      For now, military leadership is far better an option in Egypt than the alternative Islamic and Sharia rule.

      June 14, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Phil McKann

    No surprises here. The next time you allow yourself into being duped that thousands of unarmed protestors have the ability to overthrow a dictator, look to Syria and think again. The Arab Spring protestors and their MSM Useful Idiots only provided cover for an already-planned military coup. Mubarek was an old man and my guess is that the military wasn't in the mood to serve his son, the heir apparent.
    My point is not to say "I told you so" with 20/20 hindsight, but to caution people not to undermide the Second Amendment. Don't trust any government that doesn't trust its citizens to own guns.

    June 14, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pounce Kitty

    Another brilliant diplomatic "victory" for Hillary and Barack. Their dangerous incompetence, lack of judgment, poor leadership, turned the Arab Spring into Arab Winter for the USA. These dolts have just about destroyed US credibility abroad. It will take strong Republican leadership to restore our prestige after the catastrophe of the Obama Regime is justly ended.

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

      Has Hillary done ANYTHING worthwhile? Every part of the world hates us and Russia and China are taking over the worlds energy and ports. Why anyone would want her for POTUS is astounding.

      June 14, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      In truth, that bumbling fool bush did that for 8 years before obama. And strong leader and romney are mutually exclusive terms

      June 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dhicks0559

    It is an insight into the culture that Islam is so distrustful of human nature. The Koran, as well as the history of the region shows that totalitarian regimes are the only ones that truly work in the Islamic world. While there have been golden ages in the Arab, Persian, and Indian cultures, they have always been overseen by a benevolent autocrat. The neo-con experiment was carried out in Iraq because several conditions existed that made a successful democratic outcome feasible. Those were a vibrant middle class and a high literacy rate. Those two conditions exist nowhere else in the Arab world. It was desirable as a second democracy in the region (Israel being the other) as a political counter weight to Iran. The experiment might well have worked, and may yet, through the sheer force of will of the Iraqi people. But the Islamists must be held at bay, and the Obama administration through its lack of a working status of forces agreement may have done the whole deal in. It will truly be a shame if this experiment fails. Not for the validation of the neo-con philosophy, but for the establishment of a blueprint for self determining government in the region. It may be a century or more before this opportunity arises again. In this instance history may well show the folly of the "Arab spring" movement as it relates to Arab democracy. We will most likely see the continuance of totalitarianism in the region, but in this case a worse kind. Theocratic rulers who are openly hostile to capitalism, self-determination, individual rights, and those who do not bow down to same prophet as they. Oh yeah, they are developing nuclear weapons capability.

    June 14, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. James

    Well, at least I'm glad the Muslims didn't set up a Sharia government... I think the military dicatorship will be a better alternative to that.

    June 14, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. janvones

    At last a silver lining to the cloud Barack Obama brought that country.

    June 14, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mark

    What is it about Denmark's foreign policy? Or Norway? Both of those gentle countries have had to deal with Muslim extremism. If you've actually read a little history, or lived in the region, or opened your mind a little, perhaps you'd have a different perspective. Start with Huntington's book, The Clash of Civilizations. Read the chapter on the bloody borders of islam, or the analysis that shows the high incidence of conflict not only between Islamic states and other civilizations, but also Islamic intra-civilizational conflict. Stop being part of the reflexive blame America first crowd and do some research.

    June 14, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. getalife

    We could use a choice to dissolve our corrupt congress.

    They can't even pass a budget or close loop holes.

    June 14, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Johnno

    Egypt's parliament was an abortion. It looked a bit like what a microprocessor might look like if you asked a two year old to build it for you. Why the Obama administration thought the mob would somehow deliver a more just and peaceful form of government is beyond me. He doesn't seem much brighter than they are.

    June 14, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha

    When Mubarak was ousted a radical Theocracy took control, then they released the hounds of hell upon the Coptic Christians and severed long term ties with Israel. In the entire Middle East Western style Democracy never took root instead the Islamic form of governance where religion and state are one as stated in the Koran was the natural alternative. The so called "Arab Spring" has ousted Mubarak, Qaddafi and now is in the process of eliminating Assad only to be replaced by an even more intolerant regime. The saying "it is better to have the devil we know than the devil we do not"

    June 14, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Nowswimback

    Egypt is ultimately going to choose what is best for them, not what is best for us or Israel. They have a right to choose their own government, and if it is a theocracy, then that is their right. This military rule is temporary, like Mubarak.

    June 14, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JustAGuy

    So, what say all the Obama Faithful who were enamored with the Arab Spring?

    We saw this coming, but you Obama Faithful wouldn't listen.

    June 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bobcat (in a hat)©,

    Now here is the most surprising news of the day. Anyone who didn't see this coming needs to take off those rose colored glasses.

    June 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Nowswimback

    The ZOG would try something similar here if we voted out all the corrupt politicians. Don't like the results of the election? Just dissolve the power of the people to vote.

    June 14, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
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