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8 political parties submit Protest Law petition to constitutional court

Popular demands to speed up court decision on law’s unconstitutionality

A delegation representing eight political parties presented Saturday an official demand to the Supreme Constitutional Court, Tarek Nagida, a lawyer and member of the Popular Current party under foundation told Daily News Egypt.

“We have appealed to the SCC’s senior judges to speed up their revision of the Protest Law,” Nagida said, referring to a lawsuit filed by prominent lawyers Khaled Ali and Tarek El-Awady arguing the law’s violation of the constitution, which guarantees the right to public assembly.

According to Nagida, the document was signed by 12 public figures who were members of the 50-member committee that drafted the 2014 constitution, and 50 members of several parties, in addition to 360 electronic signatures to the petition.

The initiative was launched last week by political parties from the Democratic Current, mostly with leftist tendencies. Ali is the president of the Bread and Freedom Party, and other parties include the Popular Current, the Socialist Popular Alliance, Al-Dostour, Al-Karama, Justice, Misr Al-Horreya and the Egyptian Social Democratic Party.

The Protest Law was passed towards the end of 2013 under former interim president Adly Mansour during a series of violent protests launched by pro-Muslim Brotherhood supporters after former president Mohamed Morsi was ousted in July.

Since the law was adopted, hundreds of young people have been detained, whereas protests have currently considerably diminished.

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