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Egyptian Supreme Court Again Rejects Presidential Decree On Parliament


Egyptian President-elect Muhammad Morsi is at loggerheads with the country's Supreme Court

Egyptian President-elect Muhammad Morsi is at loggerheads with the country's Supreme Court

Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court has "frozen" a decree by newly elected President Muhammad Morsi ordering the country's dissolved parliament to reconvene.

Earlier the same day, lawmakers did briefly reconvene in Cairo.

On July 10, the lawmakers voted to seek judicial advice on an earlier court ruling invalidating the election of about one-third of the deputies.

On July 9, the court also rejected Morsi's decree, saying rulings of the court are not subject to appeal.

The Supreme Court, the president, and the powerful Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) are in a deadlock over the issue.

Following the court's order for parliament to disband, the SCAF issued a decree assigning all legislative authority to itself.

Morsi has said the parliament must return to session until new elections can be held following the adoption of a new constitution.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters
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