Constituent Assembly verdict postponed until 3 March

After being set to rule on the nullification of the Constituent Assembly Sunday, the Supreme Constitutional Court delayed its verdict until 3 March.

The court was set to rule on a lawsuit demanding the dissolution of the assembly. A judicial source had said earlier that the lawsuit would probably be rejected, as the Constitution has already been passed, rendering any decision to dissolve the body largely moot.

The source also told Al-Masry Al-Youm that that a nonbinding report from the court’s commissioner’s board recommended rejecting the lawsuit.

Supreme Constitutional Court rulings have played a pivotal role in Egypt’s transition to democracy, and relations between the court and President Mohamed Morsy’s Islamist-dominated government grew after the court disbanded the Islamist-dominated People’s Assembly last June over the unconstitutionality of the parliamentary elections law.

Islamist supporters of President Mohamed Morsy had besieged the court during previous sessions, forcing the court to cancel a session where it was supposed to issue a verdict on the Constituent Assembly last year.

 Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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