CAIRO, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court ruled that the lower house of the parliament (People's Assembly) is null, state TV reported Saturday.
According to the ruling, the People's Assembly which was elected after the upheaval of the country is void in light of a decision by the Supreme Constitutional Court on June 14, which revealed the unconstitutionality of some articles upon which the lower house was formed.
Magdy al-Agaty, vice president of State Council who headed the session, said the elections of People's Assembly were based on articles proved unconstitutional. As a result, the forming of the whole house is null.
"Only the constitutional court could determine a certain clause of a law or statute to be constitutional or not," official news agency MENA quoted a court statement as saying.
Accordingly, the administrative court has no power to reconsider what the constitutional court has decided, the statement added.
The then-ruling military council ordered the dissolution of People's Assembly in line with the verdict of the Supreme Constitutional Court, a move by which the military council regained legislative powers. However, the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists rejected the dissolution of parliament and appealed on the verdict.
President Mohamed Morsi ordered the dissolved parliament to resume work on July 8, but Supreme Constitutional Court said its verdict is definitive, binding and cannot be challenged. Nobody and no institution, therefore, could appeal.
Egypt's Court of Appeals rejected a lawsuit filed by the People 's Assembly Speaker Mohamed Saad al-Katatni on the legality of parliamentarians' membership on July 15, citing that such lawsuit isn't the court's specialization, and referred the whole case to Cairo's Administrative Court.
Appeal over the constitutional court order has been decided on July 15 to be adjourned until Aug.
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