Egypt: Shafiq in Runoffs, Parliament Dissolved

In a dramatic development hours before millions of Egyptians head to the ballot boxes to cast their votes in the presidential runoff round on Saturday, the Supreme Constitutional Court on Thursday 14/06/2012 decided that the recent parliamentary elections are invalid and the People's Assembly is unconstitutional.

The court also handed down a ruling rendering unconstitutional the law on practice of political rights, known in the media as the political isolation law.

The court also decided accepting the form and content of the challenge against the constitutionality of some amendments of the law on practicing political rights.

The Higher Presidential Election Commission (HPEC) had previously allowed candidate Ahmed Shafiq to run in the presidential elections on the basis of a possible unconstitutionality of the political isolation law.

The commission then referred the law to the Supreme Constitutional Court.

The Supreme Constitutional Court indicated that the HPEC is considered a panel of judicial powers in line with Article 29 of the Supreme Constitutional Court.

Therefore a decision by the commission referring the political isolation law to the court is valid, added the court.

The court also indicated that the law in question violates the principle of equality.

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