Egypt Ruling Military Head Tantawi Dissolves Parliament

The head of Egypt’s ruling military council, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, formally dissolved parliament and lawmakers have been barred from entering the legislature, the state-run Ahram Gate website reported today, citing a decree by the military council.

The ruling, which was issued after the country’s highest court ordered parliament dissolved, is effective from June 15, the website said. The constitutional court’s ruling only affected the parliament’s lower house.

In compliance with “the verdict of the Supreme Constitutional Court, issued on June 14, the People’s Assembly is considered dissolved effective June 15,” the decree said, according to Ahram Gate.

Security officials at the parliament received orders today to not allow lawmakers into the premises, the website reported. It said the only exception was for parliament speaker Saad el-Katatni, who must first file notice before going to the legislature’s building.

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