Court upholds November’s Constitutional Declaration

The Cassation Court upheld Tuesday the controversial Constitutional Declaration issued by President Mohamed Morsy on 21 November 2012. The court rejected demands to drop the declaration.

The announcement comes after former prosecutor chief Abdel Meguid Mahmoud filed a lawsuit before the Cassation Court demanding his reinstatement and dropping the Constitutional Declaration. 
The court set 2 July to consider challenges filed by incumbent prosecutor general, Talaat Abdallah, against an appeal court ruling that invalidated his appointment.
The controversial declaration appointed Abdallah as prosecutor general.
Morsy issed an amendment to the 21 November Constitutional Declaration, including an article that immunized presidential decrees from court appeals and dropped claims related to Abdel Meguid's dismissal and Abdallah's subsequent appointment.
The legal effect of constitutional declarations ended after a new constitution was ratified.
Abdel Meguid's dismissal sparked widespread unrest within the Egyptian judiciary, which regarded the move as undue government interference into the legal establishment.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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