Egyptian parliament dissolution "binding"

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Published Monday, July 9, 2012

Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court said on Monday that all of its rulings were "binding," in response to a presidential decree reinstating parliament after the court ruled the house invalid.

"All the rulings and decisions of the Supreme Constitutional Court are final and not subject to appeal...and are binding for all state institutions," the court said in a statement.

The court also stressed that it was "not a part of any political conflict... but the limit of its sacred duty is the protection of the texts of the constitution."

The court had said certain articles in the law governing parliamentary elections were invalid, annulling the Islamist-led house.

President Mohammed Mursi had on Sunday annulled the decision, putting himself on a collision course with the judiciary and the military that enforced the ruling when it was in power..

Parliamentary Speaker Saad al-Katatni announced that the body's next meeting would be on Tuesday, but that is likely to be delayed following the court ruling.

Activists have accused the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) of organizing a coup to increase their power.

The differing rulings of Mursi and the court illustrate the divides between SCAF and the president as Egypt negotiates its path towards democracy.

(Al-Akhbar, AFP)

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