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Egypt top court delays key ruling on constitution

Egypt top court delays key ruling on constitution
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Egypt’s highest court has delayed a ruling on the new draft constitution after protesters blocked the entrance to the building.

Hundreds of supporters of President Mohamed Mursi rallied outside the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo amid concerns judges could block the legality of the draft.

Mursi has already called a referendum for December 15 to allow a public vote on the document, overruling any oversight by the judiciary.

“There is a message we want to pass to the country’s judges that they should not interfere in politics.  They should stand on the side and not get involved,” said protester Mustafa Ibrahim.
Another demonstrator Mustafa Ibrahim said: “I’m here today to support the president and to remind the court that these judges were appointed by ousted president Mubarak and these judges want to bring down Egypt.”

Any ruling by the court would be a direct challenge to Mursi’s leadership after he issued a decree last month, giving himself near absolute powers.

The secular-led opposition says the president is becoming a new Pharaoh and the new constitution undermines fundamental freedoms.