Egypt: Judiciary Gives Mursi 36 Hours to Withdraw Decision Reinstating Parliament
Egypt’s judiciary gave President Mohamed Mursi 36 hours to voluntarily withdraw yesterday’s decision to reinstate parliament and apologize to the nation and its judicial system.
“If this does not happen, we will announce measures in response”, head of the Judges Club, Ahmed al-Zend, said, expressing hopes for everybody to return to their senses.
He added that Egypt’s judiciary will not enforce any law passed by the revived People’s Assembly, explaining that laws passed by the assembly will be considered illegitimate.
Sameh Ashour, head of the Lawyers Syndicate, said that the decision to restore parliament is a political one, adding that no authority has the right to make such a decision.
Ashour insisted that Egypt who toppled a president and his National Democratic Party will not tolerate a new president or political party who aims to acquire absolute power.
Representative of the Constitutional Court, Abdel Aziz Suleiman, said that the president lost his legitimacy when he degraded the constitutional oath by considering a court decision non-existent, not just invalid.
Suleiman added that the president performed a miracle when he revived the deceased parliament, pointing out that he does not possess the authority to defy the country’s highest court.
The Supreme Council of Armed Forces, headed by Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, said that it trusts that all state institutions will respect the necessary constitutional amendments that determine the duties of state authorities and the armed forces.
Egypt: SCAF Calls for Respecting Constitution
The military council insisted in a statement on Monday that its decision to dissolve parliament is an executive decision based on the Constitutional Court’s ruling invalidating the parliamentary elections law.
The statement stressed on the importance of respecting the constitution, indicating that the military council will remain biased to the people’s wishes and will not turn to exceptional measures.
The statement denied that there is a deal between the military council and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Egypt’s newly-elected President Mohamed Mursi decided on Sunday to halt Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi’s decision to dissolve the elected Islamist-led People’s Assembly.
Tantawi’s decision had come in light of the Supreme Constitutional Court’s ruling that the parliamentary elections law was unconstitutional.