Egypt court says rulings binding after president decree

By REUTERS
July 9, 2012 16:59

 
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CAIRO - Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court said on Monday its decisions were final and binding on all state authorities, after meeting for an emergency session in response to the president's decree to recall a parliament that the court declared void.

The court, which ruled on June 14 that the Islamist-led parliament had been elected based on unconstitutional rules, also said it would review appeals challenging the constitutionality of President Mohamed Mursi's decree.

"We will hear these cases tomorrow (Tuesday)," the court's head, Maher el-Beheiry, told Reuters.

Lawyers said the court did not have the authority to overturn a presidential decree but, in response to specific appeals or cases brought against a decree, the court could rule whether it was constitutional or not.

After the court declared parliament void on June 14, the army ordered the assembly dissolved two days later. That happened before Mursi was elected.

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