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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Egypt’s High Court Orders Parliament Dissolved

Egyptian activists chant anti-military council slogans during a protest in front the Supreme Constitutional Court, Egypt's highest court, in Cairo, Thursday. (AP)

Egypt’s highest court ordered the country’s six month old, Islamist-dominated Parliament dissolved Thursday, after ruling that a third of the country’s parliament was elected illegally, making “the entire chamber illegal.”

The court also ruled Thursday that former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq can run for President. That’s a setback for the Egyptian opposition, which had been trying to keep leaders from the deposed regime of former dictator Hosni Mubarak out of high office.

The court’s decision means the run-off Presidential election scheduled for this weekend can go ahead. Shafiq faces Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi.

Guest:

  • Rami Khouri, Director of the Issam Fares Institute at American University of Beirut and an internationally syndicated columnist with the Beirut-based Daily Star

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