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Court opposes decision to dissolve parliament

The Administrative Court rejected a case that challenged the 14 June court decision to dissolve parliament

The Administrative Court rejected a case to nullify the case which dissolved the People’s Assembly on Wednesday. The decision comes two months before the People’s Assembly elections.

On 14 June, the Supreme Constitutional Court ruled that the People’s Assembly is invalid because the law, under which the People’s Assembly elections were held, was not considered constitutional by the court. The Supreme Council of Armed Forces dissolved the legislature based on the court’s ruling.

On Wednesday, the Administrative Court rejected the lawsuit nullifying the dissolution, stating that it is did not have the jurisdiction to reconsider something that has already been decided by the Supreme Administrative Court in one of its rulings.

The Administrative Court said because the People’s Assembly election law was proven unconstitutional, the legislative body is void and, according to law, should no longer exist.

Shehata Mohamed Shehata, a lawyer who brought a case against the constitutional declaration, said that the Administrative Court itself has ruled against the People’s Assembly so the court can not contradict itself.

Shehata said that it is a matter of months before there is a new People’s Assembly, on which he believed the opposition and the national Salvation Front should focus.

Shehata claims that if the opposition gains more than a third of the seats, it will be able challenge decisions made by the government and presidency that require more than a two thirds majority vote.

He added that if the opposition gain more than two thirds of the seats, it will be able to change the constitution. “The opposition has to form one coalition. Enough talking. The opposition has to be ready.”

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