CAIRO — An Egyptian administrative court today ordered the suspension of parliamentary elections scheduled to begin next month, throwing the country’s politics deeper into confusion.
The verdict followed over a dozen complaints questioning the legality of the law organizing the elections.
Abdel-Meguid el-Muqanen, presiding judge of the administrative court, said that the law must be reviewed by the Supreme Constitutional Court to determine its conformity to the constitution. Meanwhile, he ordered the suspension and annulment of the presidential decree calling for elections.
The government can appeal the administrative court ruling, but at the least the ruling may cause a delay in the vote. The multi-phase election is due to begin in April 22 and last for nearly two months. The period for candidates to apply was to begin on Saturday, but that likely cannot take place until the legalities are worked out, possibly pushing back the whole process.