July 24, 2012

Dissolving Egypt Parliament Good for Democracy

Khairi Abaza, The National Interest

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The administrative court took the case barely a month after the Supreme Constitutional Court issued another finding that shocked the world, invalidating one third of the members of the 2011 parliament on grounds that they were elected illegally. In response, newly elected Islamist president Mohamed Morsi charged that the court was overstepping its bounds. But what appears at first to be a constitutional coup actually marks a triumph for the rule of law and is a sign that Egypt’s military, Islamist groups and the other political actors who form its next government all may be held accountable for their actions. Even Mohamed ElBaradei—no friend of the army—has sided with the court.

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TAGGED: Mohamed Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood, Islamists, Egypt

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