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    Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has decried a court decision to dissolve parliament as a "coup" by Mubarak-era officials. The move came two days ahead of a presidential election, plunging Egypt into turmoil.

    Egypt's Supreme Court ruled to dissolve the Islamist-dominated parliament on Thursday, effectively erasing parliamentary gains made by the Muslim Brotherhood during the country's troubled transition to democracy.

    The court ruled that one-third of the seats in the legislative body were invalid due to violations of electoral law.

    In a further setback to the Islamists, the court ruled that the last Prime Minister under ousted President Hosni Mubarak, Ahmed Shafiq, could stay in the running for the presidential runoff election this weekend. He is going up against the Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsy.

    Senior Brotherhood leader and lawmaker Mohammed el-Beltagy described the ruling on Thursday as a "full-fledged coup," carried out by a ruling military establishment seeking to maintain their grip on power.

    "This is the Egypt that Shafiq and the military council want and which I will not accept no matter how dear the price is," he wrote on his Facebook page.

    Several hundred people gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square after the rulings to denounce the action and protest against Shafiq, who is seen by critics as a symbol of Mubarak's autocratic rule.

    Meanwhile US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Egypt's military authorities to fully transfer power to a democratically elected government.

    "There can be no going back on the democratic transition called for by the Egyptian people," Clinton told reporters. She refused to comment specifically on the court ruling, however.

    Election 'unconstitutional'

    Under the prevailing electoral system drawn up by the ruling military council, voters cast their ballots for both parties and independent candidates during the November-January parliamentary elections. The political parties were supposed to hold two-thirds of the parliamentary seats, while the remaining third was reserved for independent candidates.

    Despite the rule, political parties ran candidates for the seats reserved for independent candidates. The Islamist Muslim Brotherhood and hard-line Salafist al-Nour party won 70 percent of the seats in parliament.

    "The constitutional court affirmed in the details of its verdict that the parliamentary elections were not constitutional, and the entire composition of parliament has been illegitimate since its election," the official MENA news agency reported.

    Legislative powers are to return to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), which has governed Egypt since former president Hosni Mubarak was forced from power.

    The court also ruled unconstitutional a political exclusion law for ex-Mubarak regime members. The law could have invalidated the presidential candidacy of Shafiq who served as Mubarak's prime minister shortly before the former president was forced to resign his post.

    The presidential runoff is scheduled for June 16-17.

    ccp/jlw (AFP, Reuters, AP)

    Personal Comment: This is why I said it was a terrible idea to have elections before developing the constitution. I mean come on you were asking for this.

    #385223

    Anonymous

    Do they really need to dissolve it, why not just have re-elections?

    #385224

    Anonymous

    I dont know if Egypt will ever have european style parliament. They are more used to their pharaohs. ;D Altho all this protests show sign of new era for Egypt. Will it be positive or not? Who know! :)

    #385225

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    Do they really need to dissolve it, why not just have re-elections?

    Because if the MB comes to power, many high military officials will have a hell of a toll to pay for 30 years of suppression and intimidation. So the Council hope with a few nudges and tilling of the table to bring in the center right factions (former Mubarak men with a lot of new blood) in power.

    #385226

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    Because if the MB comes to power, many high military officials will have a hell of a toll to pay for 30 years of suppression and intimidation. So the Council hope with a few nudges and tilling of the table to bring in the center right factions (former Mubarak men with a lot of new blood) in power.

    So they have to choose between the Muslim Brotherhood (bad-guys) and former Mubarek men (bad-guys)?

    #385227

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    So they have to choose between the Muslim Brotherhood (bad-guys) and former Mubarek men (bad-guys)?

    The problem is that the former bad guy you mentioned want them all to pay for their crimes while the latter bad guys just want to go back to the old less corrupt "semi enlightened" Mubarak days of governing.

    But honestly there is no way that MB is going to have some serious power.

    #385228

    Anonymous

    Best we Slavs invade Egypt and bring in economists like Konzervativac etc. We will tax them, deplete their resources and make Slav lands rich as hell. ;D

    #385229

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    Best we Slavs invade Egypt and bring in economists like Konzervativac etc. We will tax them, deplete their resources and make Slav lands rich as hell. ;D

    But what they need is not a Slavic student of economy, they need a bloody miracle worker ;D

    Egyptian lands are resource deprived overpopulated craphole never meant to support more than 20 million people. To save them we would need to tear down their entire social structure and introduce 1 child policy ASAP :D

    #385230

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    But what they need is not a Slavic student of economy, they need a bloody miracle worker ;D

    Egyptian lands are resource deprived overpopulated craphole never meant to support more than 20 million people. To save them we would need to tear down their entire social structure and introduce 1 child policy ASAP :D

    We can still tax them! ;D

    Well i dont know for sure but imo they could massively implement drip irrigation via Nile. Along the coast they could build desalination plants running on solar energy or atomic energy. Not to mention they could massively use electric cars via those desert solar plants. However at first such project would spend much money.

    #385231

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    We can still tax them! ;D

    Well i dont know for sure but imo they could massively implement drip irrigation via Nile. Along the coast they could build desalination plants running on solar energy or atomic energy. Not to mention they could massively use electric cars via those desert solar plants. However at first such project would spend much money.

    That would require too much investment in them which we can put in our own countries, but we can always make up with the Afghanis and ask them can we tag along in their gravy train :D

    #385232

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    That would require too much investment in them which we can put in our own countries, but we can always make up with the Afghanis and ask them can we tag along in their gravy train :D

    That last post i meant that Egyptians could start financing such projects excluding Slavic colonisation scenario. However they cant even form efficient state let alone projects like that. :D

    As for Afghanistan. Aint it logical. USA invades all the resource rich countries. ;D

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