Court adjourns Parliament, supplementary declaration lawsuits to 17 July

The State Council's Administrative Court postponed on Tuesday hearing appeals against the reinstatement of the People’s Assembly and the supplementary constitutional declaration, as well as cases requesting the dissolution of the Shura Council and the Constituent Assembly, to 17 July.

During the preliminary hearing for lawsuits filed against President Mohamed Morsy’s decree to reinstate Parliament, which was dissolved by a Supreme Constitutional Court verdict on 14 June, the session was suspended three times due to chaos.

Arguments broke out between Independent MP Hamdy al-Fakhrany and supporters of the parliamentary reinstatement during his interview with a satellite TV channel when he said that he rejected Morsy’s decree.

The court also reviewed an appeal filed against the Supreme Council of Armed Forces for issuing the supplementary constitutional declaration on 17 June which greatly reduces the powers of the president while granting the military council legislative authority.

Lawsuits calling for the dissolution of the Shura Council on the same grounds that the People’s Assembly was dissolved were also postponed. Socialist Popular Alliance Party MP Abul Ezz al-Hariry and Fakhrany had filed suits claiming the Shura Council was illegitimate because the parliamentary elections law was ruled unconstitutional.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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