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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Here We Go Again: Court Suspends Egyptian Elections

Egypt's Administrative Court has suspended the Presidential decree setting the Parliamentary elections in several stages from late April through June.

This latest round in the sparring between the Morsi Government and the courts is not necessarily the end of the story; the Presidency has already indicated it will appeal. In February, the Supreme Constitutional Court had invalidated five provisions of the electoral law. The Shura Council, the Upper House now functioning as a legislative body, amended them, but then Morsi immediately called the elections without referring the amendments back to the Supreme Constitutional Court; the Administrative Court has ruled it should have referred them to the SCC again.

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