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Egypt’s highest court declares legislature illegal

In this June 1, 2013 photo, Egyptian men pass by the Shura Council, the upper house of the country’s legislature.   | Photo Credit: Hassan Ammar

An Egyptian court ruled on Sunday that the nation’s legislature and constitutional panel were illegally elected.

The ruling by the Supreme Constitutional Court also said that the legislature’s upper house, the only one currently sitting, must be dissolved when parliament’s lower chamber is elected later this year or early in 2014.

The same court ruled to dissolve parliament’s lower chamber in June, a move that led to the promotion of the toothless upper chamber, the Shura Council, to becoming a lawmaking house.

It was not immediately clear whether the ruling on the 100-member constitutional panel would cancel the charter it drafted. The constitution was adopted in a nationwide vote in December 2012.

But even if it does not, the ruling will question the legitimacy of the disputed charter pushed through by allies of Islamist President Mohamed Morsy.

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