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Court defers decision on Egypt election appeal

 An Egyptian court Sunday postponed until next week a decision on an appeal against a verdict overriding a presidential call for controversial parliamentary elections.

The Higher Administrative Court said it would resume on March 24 hearing the appeal lodged by the State Cases Authority, which represents the state agencies in court disputes, on behalf of President Mohammad Mursi.

The Administrative Court on March 6 scrapped Mursi’s call for the elections, which were due to begin on April 22. The court said that Mursi had violated the constitution by calling for the elections without consulting the prime minister.

The court also referred to the Supreme Constitutional Court a disputed electoral law to decide on its legality. Mursi’s appeal has drawn sharp criticism from the opposition that has repeatedly called for delaying the vote due to the country’s political tensions and economic decline.

 

http://gulfnews.com/news/region/egypt/court-defers-decision-on-egypt-election-appeal-1.1159435

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Presidential powers questioned in elections appeal

Presidential powers questioned in elections appeal | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

 A judicial body on Wednesday appealed the Cairo Administrative Court's recent decision to suspend upcoming parliamentary elections, raising questions over the future of the contentious elections and the exercise of presidential powers.

The State Lawsuit Authority lodged its appeal before the Supreme Administrative Court on behalf of the president’s office, Shura Council and justice minister a week after a presidential spokesperson said leaders respected the original ruling.

The court suspended House of Representative polls shortly after President Mohamed Morsy officially scheduled the elections to start in April, saying the Supreme Constitutional Court must review elections law amendments made by the Shura Council.

The SCC had requested the amendments after finding five articles in the draft legislation unconstitutional.

The decision to bypass a final approval by the SCC had drawn heated criticism from many worried the new parliamentary polls would be subject to legal challenges should the Shura Council’s amendments fail to rectify the unconstitutional articles.

 

Now the government is arguing that scheduling elections falls under the auspices of the president’s office and, as such, cannot be subject to judicial suspension or appeal.

 

Raafat Fouda, a professor of constitutional law at Cairo University, tells Egypt Independent that Morsy’s claim does not have solid legal foundations.

 

Sovereign decisions are issued by the executive authority in its capacity as a ruling power. Usually, this entails scheduling elections, decisions related to defense, national security and the state’s foreign policy,” Fouda explains.

 

More on: http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/presidential-powers-questioned-elections-appeal

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Appel contre l'annulation du décret sur les élections en Egypte

Le tribunal administratif d'Egypte examinera dimanche un appel contre l'annulation du décret signé par le président Mohamed Morsi convoquant des élections législatives à partir du 22 avril.

Dans sa décision rendue le 6 mars, la même cour avait ordonné l'annulation de ce décret fixant au 22 avril la date du début des élections programmées en quatre phases, provoquant par la même un nouveau coup d'arrêt à la difficile transition politique en Egypte.

Cet appel a été déposé par l'autorité d'Etat des plaintes, un organisme officiel qui estime dans un communiqué repris par l'agence officielle de presse égyptienne Mena que l'arrêt rendu par la cour administrative comporte "des erreurs de droit et des vices de forme qui l'écartent de tout fondement juridique".

Le 6 mars, réagissant à l'annulation de son décret, Mohamed Morsi, issu des Frères musulmans, avait fait savoir que l'exécutif "respect(ait) la décision du tribunal, (ce qui)confirme la règle du droit (...) et le principe de séparation des pouvoirs" et avait indiqué qu'un appel contre la décision était "improbable".

Le tribunal administratif a justifié sa décision par des raisons techniques, le Conseil de la Choura, la Chambre haute du Parlement, n'ayant pas renvoyé devant la Haute Cour constitutionnelle la loi électorale amendée pour qu'elle soit une dernière fois examinée avant son adoption.

 

Une nouvelle loi électorale est en cours d'élaboration.

 

http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/monde/20130313.REU9497/appel-contre-l-annulation-du-decret-sur-les-elections-en-egypte.html

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Analysis: Egypt's opposition scents chance in election debacl

To Egypt's opposition, a court ruling throwing the electoral process into limbo offers an opportunity to force Islamist President Mohamed Mursiinto compromise as the country heads towards chaos.

Leaders of liberal and leftist parties believe the delay to parliamentary elections is a chance to extract concessions on major constitutional issues from Mursi - and possibly to back out of an opposition boycott that may backfire.

"Let's think about this without being stubborn ... Halting the election is beneficial for everyone," said Conference Party leader Amr Moussa, a former Arab League chief.

"The time we will be given by the decision to halt it will open the door to many possibilities, a lot of them positive and hopeful," he told the state MENA news agency, describing the court's decision as a "gift from the sky".

Wednesday's Administrative Court order cancelled Mursi's decree last month calling lower house elections, and sent the electoral law under which they were to be held back the Constitutional Court, the nation's highest legal authority.

 

The election committee followed up on Thursday by cancelling the timetable under which Egyptians should have voted in four rounds lasting from April 22 to late June. Now no one knows when the polls will be held, with much depending on what the Constitutional Court decides, and how long it takes.

 

More on: http://in.news.yahoo.com/analysis-egypts-opposition-scents-chance-election-debacle-115621851.html

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Freedom and Justice Party Respects Elections Committee Decision to Suspend Vote

Freedom and Justice Party Respects Elections Committee Decision to Suspend Vote | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt’s Supreme Judicial Commission for Elections (SJCE) announced it is to postpone the start of the application period for parliamentary poll candidates, accepting the decision of the administrative court to cancel the President's decree calling the election. It will await the ruling of the Supreme Constitutional Court following a final revision of the amended elections law.


Speaking for the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), Dr. Essam El-Erian, the party’s Vice-Chairman, said: "We will abide by this decision. We affirm our respect for all judicial rulings.


"Shura Council (upper house of Egypt’s parliament) is invited to consider the verdict. The Council's General Committee is holding a meeting to discuss the merits of the ruling and how to deal with it."


Regarding the impact of the administrative court ruling on the political arena, Dr. Erian said: "As we approach the end of the transitional phase, we are keen on the participation of all political parties in the electoral process, to gain the trust of the Egyptian people. Certain parties have suggested amendments to the election law. This is their natural right.


"I can only underline the importance of positive participation – by both the country’s political parties and the people – in the coming elections, the presence of real guarantees for the integrity and transparency of the vote, election oversight by civil society organizations and the media, as well as full judicial supervision of the electoral process."


Dr. Erian stressed the party’s resolve for all legislation to be created in accordance with the provisions of the new constitution and the interest of the Egyptian people, and for all State authorities to work harmoniously in order to guarantee elections transparency, to complete rebuilding State institutions and to march forth in a truly democratic life.

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Crisis in Cairo

Crisis in Cairo | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Muslim Brotherhood government in Cairo is in a fix. The court has cancelled the forthcoming parliamentary elections by terming them ultra vires.


It is for the third time that the judiciary has thrown a monkey wrench, stalling business of the state. However, the court says that it has acted as per constitution as the elections were called on the basis of a law that President Mohammed Mursi legislated without taking the Constitutional Court into confidence. Moreover, it went on to say that the mandate the government enjoys to legislate as per the referendum verdict on a draft constitution is open to debate and interpretation. Thus phased elections scheduled to begin on April 22 are in limbo, and there is no word as to what would be its fate.

This short order from the High Court, which is also likely to be upheld by the Supreme Court owing to the mood of the judiciary on the highly contested draft constitution, has almost liquidated the spirit of governance in Cairo. With the opposition already having called for a boycott of elections, Egypt seems to be up for a tough political battle.

The question is how Mursi can find a way out of this crisis? He has already rescinded an earlier executive order that granted him overwhelming powers to supersede other organs of the state and thus is not in a capacity to flex his muscles again. On previous two occasions when the court had dissolved the first elected assembly and then refused to oversee the referendum, the government had somehow on the basis of its popularity tried to check such moves through its executive arm. But now it seems options are running out for Mursi, and a perpetual gridlock is in sight. In order to save Egypt from plunging further deeper into chaos, the ruling Brotherhood dispensation has to come up with a compromise formula. It has no choice but to accept the court verdict and sit down with the opposition to rewrite the law under which transparent elections could be held.

 

More on: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/editorial/2013/March/editorial_March16.xml&section=editorial&col=

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Egypte: Nouveau raté pour les élections législatives

Egypte: Nouveau raté pour les élections législatives | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Enième rebondissement pour le Parlement égyptien: les élections législatives devaient avoir lieu le mois prochain et se terminer en juin, après une gaffe malvenue autour des dates religieuses coptes, et la menace du boycott de l’opposition, mais enfin, ça y était, on avait une date… Point du tout: la constitutionnalité de la loi électorale votée récemment doit être examinée, d’après une décision de la Cour suprême administrative,ce qui se transcrit par une mise en suspens des élections parlementaires!

La présidence a annoncé qu’elle ferait appel de la décision de la Cour, mais qu’elle respectait la décision et considérait la date des élections comme à déterminer à nouveau ultérieurement.

L’Egypte n’a pour le moment pas de Chambre des députés – il a été dissout cet été après que le déroulement du scrutin a été jugé inconstitutionnel. Comme on n’est pas à une absurdité près ici, il se trouve que la Choura (le Sénat) égyptien avait été élue selon le même processus et devrait donc être dissoute également. Mais dans ce cas, l’on n’aurait plus le moindre organe législatif pour voter quoi que ce soit.  Beaucoup critiquent la légitimité de ce Conseil, de toute façon, élu avec un taux de participation inférieur à 10% et composé principalement d’islamistes.

On commence à s’habituer aux taquineries du judiciaire envers l’exécutif, c’en est une autre occurrence. Le président égyptien issu des Frères musulmans, Mohamed Morsi, a annoncé à la fin du mois de février que les élections commenceraient le 22 avril et se poursuivraient en plusieurs phases jusqu’en juin. Bon, eh bien non, attendons de voir.

 

Plus: http://blog.slateafrique.com/nouvelles-du-caire/2013/03/06/egypte-nouveau-rate-pour-les-elections-legislatives/

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Legal board supports suspension of Egypt's parliamentary elections

Legal board supports suspension of Egypt's parliamentary elections | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Judicial body the office of state commissioners called for rejection of presidency's lawsuit against a court ruling that halted upcoming elections.

 

Egypt’s office of state commissioners, a judicial body responsible for issuing non-binding recommendations on cases to the courts, called for the rejection of the appeal filed by the presidency and the Shura Council against the decision to halt the parliamentary elections.

 

On 6 March, Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court overturned a presidential decree that called for parliamentary elections to begin on 22 April.

The presidential decree was suspended as questions arose over the constitutionality of the electoral law, after the High Constitutional Court rejected five of its articles on 18 February.

The law was referred back to the Shura Council, Egypt's upper house of parliament which holds temporary legislative power, for amendments, and the council partially amended the legislation without referring it back to the HCC.

President Mohamed Morsi then issued a decree declaring that parliamentary polls would be held in late April.

The court ruling stated that the Shura Council should have referred the law back to the HCC before ratifying it, so as to ensure the constitutionality of the amendments.

 

Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court is expected to deliver a ruling on the suspension of parliamentary elections on Sunday.

 

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/67048/Egypt/Politics-/Legal-board-supports-suspension-of-Egypts-parliame.aspx

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Egypt electoral commission denies appealing parliament poll delay

Spokesman for Supreme Electoral Commission denies responsibility for appeal lodged against court verdict suspending Egypt's second post-revolution parliamentary polls.

 

Egypt's Supreme Electoral Commission on (SEC) released a statement on Wednesday denying that it had filed an appeal against a 6 March Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) ruling suspending a presidential decision calling for parliamentary elections in April.

 

The statement, signed by SEC spokesman Hisham Mokhtar, came shortly after a formal appeal was filed against the 6 March SAC verdict, which suspended the parliamentary elections doubting the constitutionality of the election law.

 

The statement, signed by SEC spokesman Hisham Mokhtar, came shortly after a formal appeal was filed against the 6 March SAC verdict, which suspended the parliamentary elections doubting the constitutionality of the election law.

 

According to Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website, the presidency, justice ministry and head of the Shura Council (the upper house of Egypt's parliament, currently endowed with legislative powers) – and not the SEC – are the state bodies that have formally appealed the administrative court ruling suspending President Mohamed Morsi's calls for parliamentary polls.

 

 

 

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/66775/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-electoral-commission-denies-appealing-parlia.aspx

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Egypt court to hear appeal on Sunday over vote ruling

Egypt court to hear appeal on Sunday over vote ruling | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt's Administrative Court said on Wednesday it had received an appeal from a state judicial body against a decision to cancel President Mohamed Mursi's announcement of a parliamentary election starting on April 22.


The court will hear the appeal on March 17, it said in a statement. A presidential source denied an report on the Al Arabiya channel that the presidency had appealed against the ruling.

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/13/us-egypt-presidency-appeal-idUSBRE92C0A620130313

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L'Egypte suspend les élections législatives

La Haute commission électorale de l'Egypte a finalement décidé jeudi de suspendre le décret sur les élections législatives d'avril.

La commission a indiqué dans un communiqué que sa décision avait été prise conformément à celle du Tribunal administratif qui invalide le décret du président Mohamed Morsi sur l'organisation des législatives qui étaient prévues le 22 avril.

Le tribunal a également référé à la Cour constitutionnelle 14 éléments du décret jugés anticonstitutionnels. Le décret de M. Morsi après avait été amendé par le Conseil de la Choura (chambre haute du Parlement). Selon la commission électorale, les inscriptions des électeurs pour les législatives aurait dû démarrer le 9 mars.

 

http://www.afriquinfos.com/articles/2013/3/8/bonjour-afrique-mars-218824.asp

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Analysis: Why Egypt's Morsi has accepted court election rebuff

Analysis: Why Egypt's Morsi has accepted court election rebuff | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

A court order to suspend parliamentary elections has been welcomed as a victory for the rule of law in Egypt and a rebuff to recent power grabs by the country’s president, Mohamed Morsi.(...)

The court claims that the Shura Council, which bears legislative powers until a lower house is elected and instituted, made amendments to election law and sent it to the president's office without clearing them with the court.(..)

 

Opposition groups, represented by the National Salvation Front, welcomed the court’s decision.  They had already planned to boycott the elections, calling them anti-democratic and accusing them of being biased in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliated Freedom and Justice Party (FJP).

"We have succeeded in halting elections in order to correct the constitutional shame that has struck our constitution ever since new articles were added without being presented to the constitutional court," Ahmed Mahran, a law professor and Director of the Cairo Centre for Political and Legal Studies, said in a statement. 


Mahran said he believed the Shura Council and the presidency had to be kept in check by the power of Egypt's judicial law.

"Those who presume to respect the law, constitution, and judiciary decisions must prove the truth of their allegations," he added.

“To those who think of Egypt as their estate: We will protect Egypt from the pretenders and their perfidy, and continue to confront political thuggery with the law…”

 

Egypt's president may impose full military control in Port Said following deadly clashes between police and protesters. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

 

More on:http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/07/17224489-analysis-why-egypts-morsi-has-accepted-court-election-rebuff

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Egypte: réactions à Port-Saïd après l'annulation des législatives (video)

Egypte: réactions à Port-Saïd après l'annulation des législatives (video) | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Des habitants de Port-Saïd réagissent le jeudi 7 mars 2013 au lendemain de la décision de la justice administrative égyptienne d'annuler les législatives controversées prévues à partir du 22 avril, mettant en difficulté le pouvoir du président islamiste Mohamed Morsi (durée: 00:44)

http://www.lamontagne.fr/accueil/brightcove/2013/03/07/egypte-reactions-a-port-said-apres-l-annulation-des-legislatives-92209584104001.html

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