Egypt’s top court rejected a draft election law, risking delays to a vote that Mohamed Mursisays will help restore stability, as signs emerged of a rift between the president and some of his Islamist allies.
The Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo objected to five articles on areas including the division of electoral districts. The measure will now be referred back to parliament’s upper house, the only part of the legislature still functioning after the lower house was shut down last year, the court said by fax.
Mursi has cited the proximity of parliamentary elections to resist pressure from secular opponents and some Islamist allies for a national unity government to help end unrest that has led to sporadic violence and thwarted an economic recovery. The latest protests are taking place in the Suez Canal city of Port Said, where thousands rallied for a second day and strikes shut down businesses.
Mursi also faced criticism from the Salafi Nour Party, which has backed the call for a unity coalition, after he dismissed one of its members as his environmental adviser. Another Nour official at the presidency quit in sympathy, suggesting tensions between the party, whose Salafi followers practice a form of ultra-orthodox Islam, and the Muslim Brotherhood-backed president.More : http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-18/egyptian-constitutional-court-rejects-articles-in-election-law.html?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=t.co