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Politicians said Tuesday that President-elect Mohamed Morsy should swear in before the Supreme Constitutional Court after the Administrative Court adjourned lawsuits against the supplement to the Constitutional Declaration.
Morsy is expected to swear the oath within days to take executive authority from the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces.
Earlier Tuesday, the Administrative Court decided to delay ruling on lawsuits appealing the recently-issued supplementary Constitutional Declaration until 10 July. The document stipulates that the coming president will be sworn in before the Supreme Constitutional Court.
Former presidential candidate and human rights activist Khaled Ali, the Arab Network for Human Rights Information and the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression had filed a lawsuit before the court against controversial additions to the interim constitution issued by the ruling military council last week that largely diminishes the powers of the country’s elected president.
“This means Morsy will be sworn in at the Supreme Constitutional Court,” said Hossam al-Kholy of the Wafd Party. “It would also let those who did not vote for Morsy feel we are in a stage of stability, for the president will bear the responsibility should there be problems over this matter.”
Hussein Abdel Razeq of the Tagammu Party said everyone must accept the supplement to the Constitutional Declaration, although he had filed an appeal against it.
Ahmed Khairy, spokesperson for the Free Egyptians Party, agreed with Abdel Razeq. “The Brotherhood accepted that the military council should have legislative powers,” he said. “Our real concern at the moment is the Constituent Assembly.”
Emad Gad of the Democratic Party of Egypt and Abdel Ghaffar Shokr of the Socialist People's Alliance also agreed that Morsy should be sworn in at the Supreme Constitutional Court.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm