SCC rejects lawsuit challenging Constituent Assembly

The Supreme Constitutional Court ruled Sunday against a lawsuit calling for the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly that wrote Egypt’s constitution.

A judicial source had said earlier that the court will likely turn down the case, saying that since the constitution has already come into force there is no justification for the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly, whose mandate expired with the passing of the Constitution.

The source, which spoke on condition of anonymity, predicted that the commissioners’ report would call for rejecting the cases that challenge the presidential decree determining the criteria for the election of members of the Constituent Assembly.

Around 64 percent of Egyptian voters voted in favor of the Constitution, which was drafted by an Islamist-dominated Constituent Assembly after members of the secular current and the churches withdrew from it.

President Mohamed Morsy had issued a constitutional declaration that immunized the assembly against dissolution.

Supporters of the regime had besieged the SCC for a period of time, postponing some of its sessions and delaying the ruling.

The court’s commissioners authority, meanwhile, is still examining cases calling for the dissolution of the Shura Council in order to give an opinion in light of the new Constitution.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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