Egypt Court Upholds Dissolution of Parliament

President Morsi now holds all legislative powers
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 22, 2012 3:27 PM CDT
In this Friday, July 13, 2012, file photo, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi speaks to reporters at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt.   (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)
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(Newser) – Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court has upheld last summer's ruling that dissolved parliament just days before Mohamed Morsi was declared victor in the country's presidential election. It ruled against an appeal by a former lawmaker who wanted the court to reinstate two-thirds of parliament, only excluding the third that was deemed to have been elected illegally.

The ruling today upheld the decision of the Supreme Constitutional Court, which said parliamentary elections had incorrectly allowed party members to contest the third of seats set aside for independents. Parliament convened once after its dissolution, on orders from Morsi, whose Brotherhood group controlled the most seats. Morsi now holds legislative powers in the absence of parliament and after the forced retirement of generals he previously shared powers with.

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