Egypt dissolves Parliament, says last premier can run for president

Egypt’s Islamist-dominated parliament was declared “illegal and illegitimate” by the country’s Supreme Constitutional Court, paving the way for a military take-over of power.  According to the ruling, portions of the law that governed parliamentary elections held 6 months ago was unconstitutional, leaving a third of the legislature elected illegally.  After the decision, Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, in power since the end of Hosni Mubarak’s rule last year, announced it had full legislative control and that it would announce Friday the composition of a 100-man assembly that would draft a new constitution.  The Court also ruled that the last prime minister to serve under Mubarak can remain in the presidential race.  These developments though raise doubts about this weekend’s presidential elections and escalates a battle with the Muslim brotherhood.

 

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