‘Egypt’s constitutional court has ruled that Ahmed Shafiq, the last prime minister of the old government, is eligible to run for president in this weekend’s election, despite a law banning ex-officials from the race. As Elizabeth Arrott and Japhet Weeks report from Cairo, the court also nullified the election of one third of parliament, throwing the country’s legislative branch into limbo (14 June 2012)’.
Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Courthas dissolved its recently elected parliament, calling it invalid, and ruled that the ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s former prime minister can stand as president. This means the presidential run-off between Ahmed Shafik and the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi will go ahead this weekend. The Brotherhood said the dissolution of parliament will send Egypt into a “dark tunnel”. Al Jazeera‘s Sherine Tadros reports from Cairo (14 June 2012).