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Egypt's Supreme Court Overturns Election, Sparking Outrage

By Jane Hwang - 2012-06-14T20:01:35Z

Photograph by Amr Nabil/AP Photo

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Egypt's highest court rejected a law barring Ahmed Shafik, who was Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister, from standing in a tense presidential runoff this weekend against the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, Mohammed Morsi, and declared the whole Islamist-dominated parliament illegitimate, paving the way for the military to resume legislative powers, state media and a military source said. The anti-Shafiq group claims he is an extension of Mubarak's authoritarian regime. The anti-Morsi camp insists the Brotherhood will turn Egypt into an Islamic state and restrict freedoms, deeply polarizing the country.

Left, protesters confront soldiers in front of the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo on June 14.