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Egyptian constitutional court resumes work

English.news.cn   2012-12-30 20:22:58            
 • Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) resumed its work officially Sunday.
 • The SCC headquarters has been besieged by Islamist supporters of Morsi since Dec. 1.
 • The court will review the two cases of resolving the Shura Council and the Constituent Assembly.

CAIRO, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) resumed its work officially Sunday after it was suspended due to sit-ins, the state newspaper al-Ahram website reported.

The SCC headquarters in Cairo has been besieged by Islamist supporters of President Mohamed Morsi since Dec. 1, right before the court was supposed to review lawsuits claiming the unconstitutionality of the Islamist-dominated Shura Council (the upper house of parliament) and the constitution-writing assembly.

The Islamists set up tents outside the court and prevented judges from entering, making the court suspend its activities.

After the resumption of its work, the court will review the two cases of resolving the Shura Council and the Constituent Assembly on Jan. 15.

According to the newly-written constitution, which was approved by 63.8 percent of voters in the recent referendum, the Shura Council is tasked with the legislative authority until the People' s Assembly (lower house of the parliament) elections are held within two months.

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CAIRO, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Egypt has recently approved a new constitution by 63.8 percent of votes in a controversial referendum, which was participated by just one-third of eligible voters, reflecting a lack of national consensus.

Of the country's 91 million people, more than 51.9 million people were eligible voters, but only about 10.6 million voted for the constitution. Full story

Egypt's president, PM mull over cabinet reshuffle

CAIRO, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi said Wednesday that he is currently discussing a cabinet reshuffle with Prime Minister Hesham Qandil.

Morsi made the remarks when addressing the nation Wednesday evening, one day after the country's newly-written draft constitution was approved in a referendum. Full story

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