US 'troubled' by Egyptian court annulling parliament

WASHINGTON- The United States is "troubled" that Egypt's top court has ordered parliament to be dissolved, and is studying the implications of the move, the State Department said Friday.
"We are troubled by the court ruling yesterday that will effectively dissolve a democratically elected parliament," department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters.

"We are continuing to monitor the situation in Egypt, we are looking closely at the decisions that were made yesterday and their full implications. Our sense of this is that it's not exactly clear to Egyptians themselves what the path forward is.
"If in fact the conclusion is that there need to be new parliamentary elections our hope is that they can happen swiftly and that they reflect the will of the Egyptian people."
Egypt's transition to democracy was thrown into further disarray after the Supreme Court ordered parliament to dissolve and allowed a disputed candidate to remain in a divisive presidential runoff.
Egyptian activists and political figures have described the rulings as the final phase of a military coup that takes the transition back to square one.
The Supreme Constitutional Court on Thursday ruled certain articles in the law governing parliamentary elections to be invalid, thus annulling the Islamist-led house.
It also ruled as unconstitutional the political isolation law which bars senior members of former president Hosni Mubarak's regime and top members of his now-dissolved party from running for public office for 10 years.
Nuland recalled that the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) in Egypt has promised to "turn over power to the elected leader on July 1. And we expect them to meet that commitment to the Egyptian people."
She said Washington respected the "independence of the Egyptian judiciary," but as to why the court ruled the way it did, she said "we are still talking to Egyptians about (it) and trying to understand."
"Throughout this transition in Egypt we have worked hard to keep our ties open to the SCAF, to be in dialogue with them as we are with all of the other forces in Egypt and a broad cross section of the political parties."

Saturday, June 16th 2012

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