x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Court suspends next month's elections in Egypt

Administrative court says the law calling for election must be reviewed by the Supreme Court.

CAIRO // An Egyptian administrative court has ordered the suspension of parliamentary elections scheduled to begin next month, throwing the country's politics deeper into confusion.

The court said in its decision today that the law organising the elections must be reviewed by the Supreme Constitutional Court to determine its conformity to the constitution.

The ruling further snarls Egypt's political crisis over the divisions between President Mohammed Morsi, an Islamist, and the mainly liberal and secular opposition. The opposition had called a boycott of the elections, saying they should not be held amid anti-Morsi protests and unrest that have shaken the country for weeks.

The multi-phase election is due to begin in late April and last for nearly two months.

The government can appeal the administrative court ruling.