Egypt’s Elections on Pause

Source: The Tahrir Institute For Middle East Policy
Author(s): Nathan J. Brown, May El-Sadany

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With so many provisions littering Egypt’s legal landscape (many of which contain broad language and allow various bodies wide discretion), Egypt manages to combine a legalistic order with an uncertain one.  Senior officials sometimes fall victim to this pattern as well; those who drafted Egypt’s parliamentary election law last year are the latest to encounter a roadblock. Halting the last step in the restoration of full constitutional life, the country’s Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) found the Electoral Districts Law, one of three laws paving the way for the country’s parliamentary elections, unconstitutional on March 1, 2015.  On March 3, the First Circuit of the Administrative Court acted to enforce the SCC’s judgment by formally ordering the High Elections Commission not to proceed with any election preparations until the legal matter is resolved…

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