Egypt court says can’t rule on parliament

CAIRO - Egypt’s administrative court said on Thursday it had no jurisdiction to rule on two cases to determine the fate of the dissolved parliament, leaving its future stuck in a legal labyrinth.

By (AFP)

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Published: Fri 20 Jul 2012, 1:37 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 2:39 PM

Judge Abdel Salam Al Naggar, head of Cairo’s administrative court, referred to the Supreme Constitutional Court an appeal against a presidential decree to reinstate the dissolved parliament. No reason was given for the decision.

It was also examining a constitutional declaration issued by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces — which ruled Egypt after Hosni Mubarak was ousted last year — granting the military sweeping powers including legislative control.

Parliament has been at the centre of a power struggle between the military and newly elected Islamist President Mohammed Mursi.

The standoff is being played out in the courts amid a dizzying array of legal rulings and appeals that has left parliament stuck in limbo.

Earlier this month, Mursi ordered parliament to convene. But on July 11, the top court annulled the decree, a ruling Mursi vowed to respect.

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