Monday, February 18, 2013

Egypt Court Rejects Articles of Election Law

Egypt court rejects articles of election law

Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:27PM GMT

Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court has rejected five articles of a draft election law in a move that may delay parliamentary polls due in April.

“The court has returned the draft parliamentary electoral law to the Shura Council after making five observations on five articles which it found unconstitutional,” said the court in a statement on Monday.

The statement did not mention which parts of the country’s election law had been criticized. Reports say that the court is expected to issue a fuller statement in the following hours.

Unnamed Egyptian officials say the North African country will delay its upcoming parliamentary polls by a couple of weeks or months.

This comes after President Mohamed Morsi issued a constitutional declaration that sweepingly expanded the Egyptian president’s powers last year. The president rescinded the decree after thousands of Egyptians protested against Morsi’s decree.

The Egyptians launched the revolution against the pro-Israeli regime on January 25, 2011, which eventually brought an end to Mubarak’s 30-year-long dictatorship on February 11, 2011.

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