Egypt Court Guts A Third Of Parliament

A ruling today by Egypt’s highest court bolstered a presidential candidate from deposed dictator Hosni Mubarak’s inner circle and obviated last year’s elections for a third of Egyptian parliamentarians — and perhaps the whole body. With former Mubarak prime minister Ahmed Shafiq set to compete in this weekend’s presidential runoff and responsibility for parliament likely falling to the head of the military council meant to be overseeing the transition to democracy, the forces that have long ruled over Egypt appear to be re-asserting themselves in all areas of politics. Some observers say it signals the end of any transition whatsoever. “With Egypt looking ahead to no Parliament, no Constitution, and a deeply divisive new President it’s fair to say that the experiment in military-led transition has come to its disappointing end,” wrote Foreign Policy’s Marc Lynch.