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Egyptian Supreme Court: Morsi Decree Unconstitutional

Egypt’s highest court said Monday that its rulings are binding for all state institutions after President Mohamed Morsi decided to convene the parliament.

The Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt on June 14 invalidated the elections that led to the current Islamist-dominated parliament’s composition.

The Court, which convened for an emergency session on Monday, said that it could not simply reverse Morsi’s decree as head of state. However, it added it would consider appeals challenging the constitutionality of the presidential decision.

“The rulings and judgments are final and cannot be appealed as provided by law,” the justices wrote in a statement. “These decisions and their justifications are binding for all state authorities.”

“The Court asserts, as it has done repeatedly, it does not take a side in any political confrontation,” they added.

The Court had invalidated a full third of the seats in Egypt’s the lower house of parliament, the People’s Assembly, claiming the election law was unconstitutional.

The ruling led the generals of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), which has served as Cairo’s interim junta since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, to dissolve the parliament two days later.

This development came after the Speaker of the People’s Assembly announced a resumption of the lower house sessions despite its dissolution.

Saad al Katatni announced that MPs, mostly Islamists, were summoned at 10:00 am Tuesday for a special session.

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