Egyptian court delays elections appeal hearing for a week

March 17, 2013 15:34

CAIRO - An Egyptian court on Sunday postponed hearing a state appeal against a ruling it made this month which scuppered parliamentary elections and deepened political uncertainty during an economic crisis.

The Administrative Court said it had adjourned the appeal hearing until March 24 to allow more time to study the legal arguments in a case which has thrown the final stage of Egypt's transition to democracy up in the air.With the country in turmoil since the 2011 overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt has been without a lower house of parliament since the middle of last year, when a court forced its dissolution by striking down the law used to elect it.

Last month President Mohamed Morsi called elections to run from April 22 until late June under a revised electoral law. Most leading opposition parties had announced they would boycott the polls when the Administrative Court cancelled Morsi's decree calling them on technical grounds.

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