» 06/14/2012, 00.00
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.
(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
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."
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.
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
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.
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."
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.)
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