Egypt's Supreme Court Calls for the Dissolution of Parliament


Demonstrators prayed outside Egypt's supreme court today. They wanted judges to disqualify Ahmed Shafiq from the presidential race. That did not happen. (Photo: Abdelrahman Ayyash)

Egypt's supreme court has caused outrage by calling for the dissolution of the lower house of parliament. The court ruled that last year's parliamentary election was unconstitutional, deciding that one third of the seats were "illegitimate."

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The controversial decision, days before Egypt's presidential election run-off, has prompted the ruling military council to hold an emergency meeting. The Muslim Brotherhood said it would send Egypt into a "dark tunnel."

Anchor Lisa Mullins gets the latest from The World's Matthew Bell in Cairo.