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Egypt's Constitutional Court delays verdict on dissolving constituent assembly


15:38, January 16, 2013

CAIRO, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) delayed Tuesday a verdict on the constitutionality of the constituent assembly that wrote the country's recently approved constitution to Feb. 3.

The court also referred the lawsuit filed against the Shura Council (upper house of the parliament), which currently assumes the legislative authority, to the commissioners for further consideration.

The commissioners will then write a report based on the new constitution's provisions and on the arguments submitted by the claimants and the defense, official news agency MENA reported.

The two cases were scheduled to be reviewed in December 2012, but protesters gathered outside the court preventing judges from entering on that day.

According to the newly-written constitution approved by 63.8 percent of voters in the recent referendum, the Shura Council is currently tasked with the legislative authority until the People's Assembly (lower house of parliament) is elected.

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