Egypt brands law banning dual-nationals in parliament ‘unconstitutional’

Last week’s decision found a part of the Elections Constituency Division Law in violation of the principle of fair, proportional representation of all voters. (File photo: AFP)

Egypt’s highest court branded on Saturday a law banning citizens with dual nationality from running in parliamentary elections unconstitutional, al-Ahram Online reported.

The Supreme Constitutional Court’s ruling enables a further delay in parliamentary elections which were scheduled to begin on March 21.

This follows an earlier decision that found other parts of parliamentary election law unconstitutional, forcing an administrative court decision stopping preparations from the vote.

An Egyptian lawyer filed the case in which the decision ruled the first section of Article 8 of the Parliamentary Elections Law unconstitutional. The court refused to hear another legal complaint challenging other parts of the same law, al-Ahram Online reported.

Last week’s decision found a part of the Elections Constituency Division Law in violation of the principle of fair, proportional representation of all voters.

Following the court’s decision, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who holds legislative power until the election of a parliament is complete, urged his cabinet to amend the law within a month.

Egypt has been without a parliament since 2012 when the country’s general assembly was dissolved. The election is due to be the final transition from military rule.

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