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Egypt's supreme court calls for parliament to be dissolved

  • Egypt's supreme court ruled on Thursday to dissolve the Islamist-led parliament, raising concerns over the country’s troubled transition to democracy.

    The decision comes just two days before an election to replace ousted leader Hosni Mubarak.

    Several political figures have expressed their alarm over the military seeking to increase its power, warning that the decision would leave the incoming president without a parliament or a constitution.

    The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice party won 46 percent of the vote in the three-month parliamentary poll.

    The Islamist party was looking repeat their success with their candidate in Saturday and Sunday's presidential vote.