Egyptian parliament meets despite court ruling

July 11th, 2012 - 4:19 am ICT by IANS  

Cairo, July 11 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The lower house of the Egyptian parliament reconvened Tuesday despite the Constitutional Court’s decision to dissolve it.

The lawmakers met after newly elected President Mohamed Morsi overturned the court judgment.

Parliament speaker Saad al-Katatni said the session would only have one item on the agenda — “a mechanism for the implementation of the Constitutional Court’s ruling”.

“The Egyptian parliament will not pit itself against the country’s judiciary and defy the court’s rulings,” he said.

The lawmakers approved his proposal to seek legal advice from a high appeals court on how to implement the supreme court’s ruling, following which Katatni adjourned the session.

According to CNN, the parliament, recalled by Morsi, convened for less than an hour Tuesday.

The session was the first since the nation’s highest court said parliamentary elections were unconstitutional, prompting the military to disband the body, it reported.

Morsi, who took office June 30, opted to override the edict of the military, which has run the country since the 2011 revolution that ousted longtime leader Hosni Mubarak.

Under the Egyptian law, the court’s rulings are final, not subject to appeal and are binding on all government branches.

Morsi said Monday he was recalling parliament and would hold an election once a constitution was in place.

–IANS/RIA Novosti
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