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Cassation Court further complicates fate of People’s Assembly

Egypt's highest court rules that it does not have the power to resolve the crisis over Egypt's parliament

 A view of Egypt's parliament when it reconvened briefly last week, its fate remains unclear (photo: AFP)
A view of Egypt’s parliament when it reconvened briefly last week, its fate remains unclear (photo: AFP)

The Cassation Court dealt a legal blow to President Mohamed Morsy’s reinstatement of the People’s Assembly on Saturday, after the court ruled it did not have the jurisdiction to rule on the case, plunging the embattled body of parliament into murkier political waters.

The court was unanimous in its decision, according to the state-sponsored MENA news agency, leaving the fate of the assembly, the lower house of parliament, dependent on cases that are set to be heard in front of the Cairo’s Administrative Court on 17 July.

Following the reinstatement of the legislative body, after Morsy publicly challenged both the Supreme Constitutional Court and the ruling generals’ supplementary decree to disband the People’s Assembly, members of the assembly reconvened for 10 minutes only to submit the case for review in front of the Cassation Court on 10 July.

The president and the disbanded parliament requested the court to review how to implement the SCC ruling that deemed one-third of its elected members unconstitutional.

“The decision of the Court of Cassation is correct since it is not in its specialty to explain SCC ruling,” said Mohamed Abdel Rahman, an attorney who specialises in Cassation Court cases.

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