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Protests target Egypt court's rejection of presidential decree on parliament

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 11 July 2012
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Protests target Egypt court's rejection of presidential decree on parliament, 11 July 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/50002543c.html [accessed 29 July 2014]
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July 11, 2012

Thousands of Egyptians have gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square to protest attempts by the Constitutional Court to revoke a decree by freshly inaugurated President Muhammad Morsi.

The decree orders lawmakers to reconvene the Islamist-dominated parliament, which had been dissolved by military leaders in the powerful Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

On July 10, lawmakers briefly reconvened in Cairo and voted to seek judicial advice on a Constitutional Court ruling that invalidated the election of one-third of the deputies.

The Constitutional Court has rejected Morsi's decree, saying its rulings are not subject to appeal.

Morsi, the Constitutional Court, and the military's Supreme Council remain deadlocked over the issue.

After the parliament was ordered to disband, the Supreme Council issued a decree assigning all legislative authority to itself.

But Morsi says the parliament must reconvene until new elections are held.

Based on reporting by AFP, Reuters, and aljazeera.net

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