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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Court Rules Against Morsi Decree on Parliament

This really shouldn't occasion much surprise: Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court has ruled that President Morsi's executive order recalling the Parliament that the Court had dissolved is unconstitutional. Right now this has deteriorated into a question of jurisdiction and power, mostly at the level of "I do too!" "No you don't!""Do Too!""Don't." But this morning's Parliamentary move by referring its case to an appeals court may have defused the potential for an explosion: if Parliament was still trying to sit in defiance of the Court, the potential for violence might be much greater than in the present situation, where the lawyers will be arguing it out. A Twitter comment:

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