Egypt court suspends April elections

  • An Egyptian administrative court has suspended general elections due to take place next month.

    On Wednesday, it said the Supreme Constitutional Court need to review the electoral law in order to determine whether it adhered to the constitution.

    President Mohammed Morsi had stated the polls, which would take place in four stages over two months, would begin on April 22.

    Last month, the opposition National Salvation Front (NSF) announced it would boycott the elections alleging the electoral law favored Morsi's Islamist allies, a claim denied by the president.

    As of yet, Morsi has not issued a public statement on the court's decision. The president can appeal against the ruling.

    The elections were due to be held because in December Egyptians voted in favor of a new constitution, which requires that the process begin within two months.

    The last elections in January 2012, saw the political wing of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), secure 43 percent of the seats in the lower house and 59 percent of the seats in the Shura Council.

    However, six months later, the lower house was dissolved after the Supreme Constitutional Court ruled that one of the laws under which the elections were fought was not legitimate.

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