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Egypt Court: Parliament Dissolved, Elected Illegally

CNN reports on worrying developments in Egypt:

"Egypt's highest court on Thursday declared the country's parliament invalid and cleared the way for a member of former President Hosni Mubarak's regime to run in a presidential election runoff this weekend.

The Supreme Constitutional Court ruled that parliament must be dissolved, state TV reported. An Egyptian constitutional law expert told CNN that following the court's decision, a political decision would be made about whether to dissolve parliament.

Following the ruling, Egypt's interim military rulers claimed to have full legislative control of government. Parliament had been in session for just over four months."

On the details of the ruling, CNN continues:

"The court had ruled that about one-third of Egypt's members of parliament were invalid because they ran as independents and later joined party blocs.

In a separate case, the court also ruled that a law banning former regime members from running in a presidential election was unconstitutional, clearing the way for former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik to run in a runoff this weekend against Mohamed Morsi, the head of the Muslim Brotherhood's political arm."

This is a developing news story.