Court overrules Egypt's president on parliament
July 10th, 2012
03:07 PM ET

Court overrules Egypt's president on parliament

Egypt's Higher Constitutional Court on Tuesday halted the decision by newly elected President Mohamed Morsy to call the nation's parliament back into session, an official said.

The court also "affirmed its rule to dissolve parliament and considers it invalid," said Aly Hassan, a judicial consultant affiliated with Egypt's Justice Ministry.

The ruling is the latest move in a power struggle between Morsy and the country's military rulers, who dissolved the legislature last month.

The parliament, recalled by Morsy (pictured, center), convened for less than an hour Tuesday. The session was the first since the nation's highest court said parliamentary elections were unconstitutional, prompting the military to disband the body.

Morsy, who took office June 30, opted to override the edict of the military, which has run the country since the 2011 revolution that ousted longtime leader Hosni Mubarak.

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  1. banasy©

    I'm shocked.

    July 10, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    This doesn't look good for the Egyptians. Even after their long and hard earned first step towards democracy they find themselves struggling under oppression.

    July 10, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      The military will NOT give up its power without a fight; meanwhile the Egyptian common folk still struggle...sad.

      July 10, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rascal Rabble

    court is crazy...the people will have to override the court...military should answer to parliment not the other way around...egyptian political systems needs some tweaking...

    July 10, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    I agree w/banasy. I don't see Egypt's pragmatic military leaders stopping until they are allowed to recruit kids in HS, and until they make as much money off of allowing israeli tunnels beneath Egypt's border as Mubarek and his cronies did. (black market guns, diamonds, etc smuggled out of Israel)

    July 10, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |