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Egypt Court Advisory Report on Parliament Expected Next Week

August 27, 2012

An advisory body for Egypt’s constitutional court is expected to complete by next week a report on whether parliament’s upper house should be disbanded, the court’s spokesman said.

Following the recommendation, the high court will set a date for a hearing to determine the legality of the election law that paved the way for Islamists to dominate the assembly, the state-run Middle East News Agency cited Judge Maher Sami as saying.

Parliament’s lower house was dissolved in June after the same court ruled it was improperly elected, raising tensions between incoming Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and the generals from whom he inherited power.

Mursi, who was nominated for the presidency by the Muslim Brotherhood, took back legislative authority from the military council on Aug. 13, voiding a constitutional addendum they had issued hours after polls closed in the presidential election. Mursi’s office has defended the move and his refusal to pass on those powers to the parliament’s upper house, arguing that the body could be dissolved as a result of the case now before the court.

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