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Egyptian Constitutional Court suspends work

English.news.cn   2012-12-02 20:18:01            
 • Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court suspended its work indefinitely on Sunday.
 • The Supreme Constitutional Court delayed its ruling over the legality of the Constituent Assembly.
 • Morsi announced on Saturday that Egypt will hold a referendum on the draft constitution on Dec. 15.


Video>> Egypt's Morsi announces referendum

CAIRO, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court suspended its work indefinitely on Sunday, following protests against the court.

The court issued a statement, announcing that it will suspend all its session of all cases indefinitely, describing the day of a "dark" day in the judiciary history.

"It was a dark day in the judiciary history, as the judges were forbidden to enter the court because of the protesters who blocked all the court's entrances while chanting anti-yells and stirring the people against them," the statement said.

"The court judges have no choice but suspending all the court's sessions on all cases indefinitely ,as they can't perform their work amid such atmosphere which is full of hatred and malice," the statement added.

The court scheduled Sunday to rule on the legality of the last Constituent Assembly (CA) that finished writing the first post- Mubarak constitution Friday, as well as the Shura Council (upper house). But judges were blocked by some 5,000 protesters outside the court accusing them of seeking to destroy the state's elected institutions.

The protesters who were sieging the court are mainly from the Islamist forces who headed to the court Saturday night after finishing the demonstrations supporting President Mohamed Morsi, the CA, and a new constitutional declaration issued by Morsi last week.


Egypt to hold referendum on draft constitution on Dec. 15

CAIRO, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Egypt will hold a referendum on the newly-written draft constitution on Dec. 15, President Mohamed Morsi announced on Saturday.

Morsi made the announcement at the Cairo International Conference Center during a meeting with 85 members of the beleaguered Constituent Assembly (CA), which approved the draft constitution Friday after a 17-hour marathon vote. Full story

Egypt's draft constitution approved by CA

CAIRO, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's Constituent Assembly (CA) approved almost unanimously the final draft of constitution early Friday morning.

The voting in the CA, the constitution writing body, lasted nearly 17 hours. The approved version would be referred to President Mohamed Morsi later in the day. Full story

Egyptian president vows not to extend transitional period

CAIRO, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Thursday vowed to stop anyone from extending the transitional period in Egypt, asserting that he was keen on all opinions of every political parties as thousands of protesters continued their demonstration against Morsi's constitutional declaration.

"The declaration is necessary to meet the need of the current stage in Egypt, there is no way to autocracy and dictatorship," said Morsi in a televised interview on state TV.   Full story

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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