Brotherhood challenges court's dissolution of Parliament

News article, posted 06.18.2012, from Egypt, in:
Brotherhood challenges court's dissolution of Parliament (Photo: Al-Masry Al-Youm)

In a new development that could further complicate Egypt’s troubled transition, the Muslim Brotherhood has challenged a court ruling that dissolved Parliament, saying that an elected body can only be dissolved through popular referendum.

Muslim Brotherhood representatives hold the majority of seats in Parliament.

On Thursday, the Supreme Constitutional Court ruled unconstitutional the law which governed parliamentary elections. The contention was over the participation of both independent candidates and parties in the election of one third of parliamentary seats reserved exclusively for independent candidates.

Military leaders deployed forces around the parliament building on Friday, stating that no MP is allowed to enter without prior approval. Meanwhile, the SCC declared on Thursday that its ruling is final and needs no further procedures to be implemented.

In a Saturday statement, the Freedom and Justice Party said it rejected the SCC decision to dissolve Parliament. The statement marks a new offensive for the Brotherhood against SCAF.

“The constant threat to dissolve a Parliament elected by 30 million Egyptians proves that SCAF wants to hold on all powers against popular will,” the statement read.

The statement said that dissolving Parliament cannot be pursued by a court ruling and has to follow a referendum.

“Egyptians, protect your will, and keep voting today and stand against all attempt to waste your gains that you garnered through your free voices in the parliamentary and presidential elections,” read the statement.

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