Court says president’s call to referendum not subject to judicial oversight

The administrative court of the State Council issued a ruling on Tuesday saying that annulling the decision to put the draft constitution to referendum is not within the jurisdiction of the judiciary.

A lawsuit was filed before the administrative court demanding the cancellation of President Mohamed Morsy’s decision to hold a referendum on the new constitutional draft next Saturday, 15 December.

The court said that calling people to referendum was an act of sovereignty, and not subject to judicial oversight.

On the other hand, the same court decided to refer cases that demand the cancellation of the two recent constitutional declarations issued by Morsy to the Board of State Commissioners to prepare a legal report on the appeals against the declarations. The court set 15 January 2013 to issue a final ruling.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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