Egypt: Parliament Dismissed After Supreme Court Ruling, Final day of Presidential Election
Egypt’s second day of presidential elections is underway as voters head to the booths to cast their vote for either Muslim Brotherhood candidate Muhammad Morsi or Mubarak-associated candidate Ahmed Shafiq.
The center of the Egyptian uprising since the start of the Arab Spring, Cairo’s Tahrir Square remained mostly empty during the first day of voting, with only a few protesters showing their presence on one of the most important days in Egypt’s history.
On Thursday, Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court ruled that the results of the February parliamentary elections should be dismissed, and called for new elections. The decision came after the court determined that approximately a third of the parliament was elected illegally. The Chairman of the court, Farouk Sultan, stated that the court’s ruling was binding with regards to all state institutions, yet would not affect the presidential election process…
Interesting analysis linked at the bottom of the article for those interested in more background information (“Elections in Egypt: The Future Doesn’t Look Good for Israel”)