June 14th, 2012
07:50 PM ET

Egypt dissolves parliament, 'soft coup' as military takes over

Egypt's highest court dissolves its parliament Thursday, giving full authority to the military. The news occurred on the heels of the Egyptian presidential election taking place over the weekend.

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Some cry 'coup' as Egypt's highest court annuls parliament, military extends power

Egypt's highest court declared the parliament invalid Thursday, and the country's interim military rulers promptly declared full legislative authority, triggering a new level of chaos and confusion in the country's leadership.

The Supreme Constitutional Court found that all articles making up the law that regulated parliamentary elections are invalid, said Showee Elsayed, a constitutional lawyer.

The ruling means that parliament must be dissolved, state TV reported.

Parliament has been in session for just over four months. It is dominated by Islamists, a group long viewed with suspicion by the military.


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  1. Pamela

    You are obviously not paying attention to the experts on the subject of Egypt. I don't know why you are so surprised about what's going on in Egypt. You've bought into another one of Obama's fantasies. He seemed to think he was doing a happy ever after history for his legacy. I hope you see that now. He sold you a bridge to no where.

    June 15, 2012 at 2:25 am | Reply
  2. kidding?

    Are you joking? Parag Khanna? Wasn't he on CNN in February 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vj8wepguE4 talking about how the poor Saif Al Islam Gadhafi was a grand guy and was forced to do and say terrible things by his father? He is the best expert you can find?

    June 14, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Reply

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