28 November 2012

Egypt Cassation Court Joins Strike Against Mursi

Photo: Xinhua/Amru Salahuddien
Egyptian protesters in Tahrir Square.

Egypt's Court of Cassation decided on Wednesday to suspend its operations in all its locations until President Mohamed Mursi rescinds a constitutional decree he issued on Thursday.

The court had convened an urgent closed meeting at its headquarters earlier on Wednesday where only senior members attended.

Mursi issued a decree on Thursday expanding his powers and shielding his decisions from judicial review. A move seen by Egyptian judges as an attempt to undermine their role and disregard the country's constitution.

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