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Monday, July 9, 2012

Egypt Court Rejects Plan to Restore Parliament

CAIRO—Egypt's constitutional court affirmed Monday that an earlier decision that led to the dismissal of Parliament was final, rejecting a challenge by the new president and moving the country another step closer to a constitutional crisis.

The court's statement was the latest salvo in a duel between President Mohammed Morsi and the military leadership, which has relied on the courts to preserve legislative and executive powers despite a plan to hand authority to an elected government.

The sparring is wearing holes in a delicate political system and threatens to extend a 17-month-long transition that has devastated Egypt's economy, exhausted its citizens and rattled its neighbors.

Saad al-Katatni, speaker of the dissolved Parliament and a leader in the political party of Mr. Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, said the elected Parliament would convene shortly after noon on Tuesday, in defiance of the high court's earlier warning. Read More