The Supreme Constitutional Court in Egypt has ruled that the country’s upper house of parliament, the Shura Council, is invalid.
The decision delivered a blow to President Mohammed Mursi, a prominent member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Lawyer Wael Hamdy Al-Said praised the court’s decision, saying: “The Supreme Constitutional Court ruled bravely, despite the pressure that the Muslim Brotherhood and the ruling party have tried to impose on it.”
Hamdi el-Fakharany, a lawyer and former member of parliament told reporters: “The court has today issued a historic ruling. Now the president has to dissolve the upper house.”
The ruling prolongs the political instability that has gripped Egypt since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak two years ago.
The panel that Mursi set up last year to draw up Egypt’s new constitution was also declared illegal by the Supreme Constitutional Court.
It is unclear what that might mean for the legitimacy of the constitution, which was adopted by nationwide vote in December.