Several pivotal cases to be reviewed by Administrative Court

Cairo Administrative Court on Tuesday will review various lawsuits that could lead the country into a new wave of political uncertainty.

The court will review a case demanding canceling People’s Assembly dissolution decision and review the legality of a decision by President Mohamed Morsy to reinstate the parliament and the supplement to the Constitutional Declaration.

Lawsuits requesting the nullification of the Constituent Assembly and dissolution of the Shura Council will also be reviewed.

Lawyers and rights groups, who filed the lawsuits, said that the new formation of the Constituent Assembly was a violation against an Administrative Court ruling that nullified the previous formation.

The court will also review appeals by lawyers and members of Parliament against the Supreme Council of Armed Forces’ decision to dissolve the elected parliament. A lawsuit filed by MP Nezar Ghorab said that the Administrative Court referred an appeal to the Supreme Constitutional Court to review unconstitutionality of applying for membership of parliament at constituencies allocated for the single-winner system.

The lawsuit also added that the Constitutional Declaration didn’t authorize any institution to dissolve the People’s Assembly. Article 56, which stated the SCAF’s powers, did not include the ability to dissolve Parliament.

The court will also review an appeal filed against the SCAF issuing the supplement to the Constitutional Declaration, which sparked protests at several squares.

The SCAF held on to legislative powers by issuing the supplement on 17 June, after the Supreme Constitutional Court ruled on June 14 that the parliamentary elections law was unconstitutional and that therefore the Islamist-dominated People’s Assembly must be dissolved.

Twelve appeals were filed to the Administrative Court against the 100-member Constituent Assembly. All reject its formation and its domination by Islamists, whose control over Parliament gave them the power to form the assembly.

If the court decrees the assembly illegitimate, the SCAF will form another one, according to the supplement to the Constitutional Declaration.

The Constituent Assembly will outline the political system in the country as well as powers of the new president and armed forces, which have been in power since 1952.

The current lawsuits are similar to those filed in April when the court ordered the dissolution of the previous formation of the Constituent Assembly.

In April the court said that the Constitutional Declaration did not allow members of either house of Parliament to take part in the assembly.

However, all Shura Council members in the Constituent Assembly submitted their resignations from the assembly on Sunday. Meanwhile, Morsy ratified a law issued by People’s Assembly before its dissolution that set the standards for the Constituent Assembly’s formation.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s newspaper, Freedom and Justice, described the law as fortifying the Constituent Assembly.

Last week Morsy issued a decision that ordered MPs to reconvene, challenging the SCAF’s dissolution order, which cited a ruling by the Supreme Constitutional Court. The same court then canceled Morsy’s decision.

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