World Bulletin / News Desk
An Egyptian administrative court delayed hearing challenges to an assembly drafting a new constitution until the end of July, prolonging uncertainty over a body with a central role in the country's transition to democracy.
The court also said it had no jurisdiction to rule on challenges to a decree by new President Mohamed Mursi to reinstate the parliament that was dissolved by the military on the basis of a Supreme Constitutional Court ruling.
"The court doesn't have jurisdiction to look into the case and has transferred it to the constitutional court," said Judge Abdel Salam el-Naggar.
A power struggle unleashed by the overthrow of Mubarak in a popular uprising last year has shifted from the streets to the ballot box and now the courts.
The military, in charge since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak last year, took back legislative powers from the Islamist-dominated parliament when it was dissolved last month and gave itself control over the constitution drafting process through a supplementary constitutional decree.
The court on Thursday also turned down challenges to that decree, saying it lacked the authority to rule on them.Last Mod: 19 Temmuz 2012, 17:23