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Egypt's top court rules parliament invalid

From Ahmed Amir, CNN
June 2, 2013 -- Updated 1113 GMT (1913 HKT)
Mohamed Morsy last year issued an order preventing any court from overturning his decisions.
Mohamed Morsy last year issued an order preventing any court from overturning his decisions.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The upper house, or Shura Council, holds legislative powers
  • It will be dissolved after a new lower house is elected, state-run Ahram reports
  • The court dissolved the lower house of parliament last year

(CNN) -- Egypt's highest court Sunday invalidated the nation's upper house of parliament and a panel that drew up the constitution, state media reported.

The upper house, or Shura Council, holds legislative powers. It will be dissolved after a new lower house is elected, state-run Ahram reported.

The court dissolved the lower house of parliament last year, paving the way for the council to take over legislative powers pending a new parliament.

Last year, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy issued an order preventing any court from overturning his decisions, essentially allowing him to run the country unchecked until a new constitution is drafted.

A flurry of protests pitting his supporters against opponents forced him to cancel most of the controversial decree that gave him sweeping powers.

The constitution was drafted by an Islamist-dominated assembly in November and approved by voters in December.

Morsy signed a decree shortly after, putting into effect his country's newly approved constitution.

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