- Middle East/North Africa
The Supreme Constitutional Court’s Commissioners Authority issued a report on Monday recommending that the Constituent Assembly remain in place, but the report may or may not have any weight in the court’s ruling on the matter.
Lawyers Mabrook Hassan and Sami Abdel Bari filed suit against President Mohamed Morsy and the head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, demanding that the assembly be dissolved. The case will be heard by the court on 2 December, and the SCC report will be attached to the case documents.
Court spokesperson Maher Sami said that the report has also been made available for review by all parties involved in the case.
Plaintiff Abdel Bari told Al-Masry Al-Youm that the court won’t necessarily refer to the SCC report while reviewing the case, and that the court also had the ability to amend or add to it.
The 21-page report stated that ordering the dissolution and unconstitutionality of Parliament had no bearing on the constitutionality of the Constituent Assembly. Furthermore, the report said that any laws or rulings made by Parliament before it was dissolved were still legally binding.
The Constituent Assembly is expected to issue a final draft constitution before the end of November and put it to a popular referendum in December. Last month, the Supreme Administrative Court referred two different lawsuits demanding the dissolution of the assembly to the Supreme Constitutional Court.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm