29 August, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 06/14/2012
EGYPT
Egypt's Supreme Court dissolves Islamist-dominated parliament
For supreme justices, the election law that excluded members from the old regime was unconstitutional. Fresh elections could take place in two months. For a Catholic Church spokesman, Egypt now has an opportunity for real elections, free from Islamist parties' vote rigging. However, fears of a military coup persist.

Cairo (AsiaNews) - The Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court has ruled that the parliamentary elections held between November 2011 and January 2012 are unconstitutional. The country's highest court found that the law that barred members of the National Democratic Party, former President Mubarak's party, was unconstitutional and that it violated civil rights. The ruling means that Ahmed Shafiq, a former prime minister under the old regime, can participate in the runoff election against Mohammed Morsy, who represents the Muslim Brotherhood. Had Shafiq been excluded, Morsy would have been the winner by default in the presidential election.

"We are back to square one," said Fr Rafic Greiche, spokesman for the Egyptian Catholic Church. "This is a good opportunity for pro-democracy movements and young people Jasmine Revolution youth. By weakening the power of the Muslim Brotherhood and allowing for fresh fraud-free elections, the military can reconcile itself with the population.  Now we must wait for the results of the presidential elections, which will be certainly won by Shafiq."

This morning the Court ruled that all uninominal seats, one third of parliament, are unconstitutional. In the afternoon, the Court's vice president, Justice Maher Samy announced that the elections to all seats are null and void because the law denied some citizens the right to run for office.

General Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, is expected to make a statement and announce a date for new elections. The dissolution of parliament means that the constituent assembly agreed upon on Monday is also dissolved.

The decision of the Supreme Constitutional Court stems from a number suits filed by members and parties associated with the old regime. Although they had not been accused of any crime, they were allowed to run only as independents. This gave Islamist parties an advantage because they are better organised and well funded by Gulf States, especially Saudi Arabia.

According to Nagui Damian, a young Coptic man who played a leading role in the Jasmine Revolution, "The country is at a turning point. We can start anew, or go back to the old system. We young people of the revolution are caught between the Muslim Brotherhood and the old regime."

Despite the danger of destabilisation, Nagui Damian believes that people now realise that the Muslim Brotherhood is a real danger. Its members lied and changed their election platform several times, confusing voters and creating panic among religious minorities. Instead of trying to mediate among factions, they have tried to monopolise power right away, thus causing their own downfall." (S.C.)

 


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
06/22/2013 EGYPT
Egypt, "Rebels" reach 15 million signatures to oust Mohamed Morsi
03/17/2008 TURKEY
Erdoğan ready to respond to charges that he wants to introduce Sharia law
07/11/2012 EGYPT
Thousands of Islamists in the streets against the Supreme Court held hostage by the military
11/28/2011 EGYPT
Polls open in Egypt
06/18/2012 EGYPT
As Islamists claim victory in presidential poll, military take back power

Editor's choices
IRAQ-ITALY
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul," the thanks of the Patriarch Louis Sako; the concerns of the Bishop of Kurdistan
by Bernardo CervelleraThe head of the Chaldean Church is grateful for the AsiaNews campaign and hopes that "this chain of solidarity will reach far and wide”. Helping refugees to remain in Iraq. But many want to flee abroad. The bishop of Amadiyah where thousands of displaced people have found haven in churches and homes: We also help the Arabs (Muslims), and Yazidis, for free and without looking at our confessional differences.
ITALY - IRAQ
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul" to respond directly to Iraq's emergencyAsiaNews is launching a fundraiser to support Christians targeted by the Islamic State, thus responding to a request by the Patriarch of Baghdad and Pope Francis's urgent appeal "to guarantee all necessary assistance - especially the most urgently needed aid - to the great multitude of people who have been driven from their homes, whose fate depends entirely on the solidarity of others." More than 100,000 people have been forced to flee their homes leaving everything behind and now have nothing to live on. To help them, five euros a day are enough. The funds raised will be sent to the Patriarchate of Baghdad, which will distribute them according to the needs of each family.
CHINA - VATICAN
Wenzhou bishop and priests slam government's campaign against crosses and churches in Zhejiang
by Eugenia ZhangFor Mgr Vincent Zhu Weifang, from the official Church, the campaign of destruction is increasing social instability. It is real persecution against the Christian faith. The bishop apologises for failing to intervene sooner. He was hoping that the campaign would end quickly. Catholics and Protestants suffer injuries as they attempt to defend their sacred buildings. For priests in Wenzhou, the campaign is unfair and touches buildings that have all the right papers. Such "stupid acts" by the government are undermining social harmony.

Dossier
by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
by Lazzarotto Angelo S.
pp. 528
by Bernardo Cervellera
pp. 240
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.