Egyptians urged to respect supplementary declaration

Updated: 2012-07-10 06:57


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CAIRO - Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) on Monday affirmed the importance of laws and constitution, calling for all Egyptians and state institutions to respect the supplementary constitutional declaration, amid a severe debate created by President Mohamed Morsi's decree to resume the dissolved parliament.

"The SCAF's decision to dissolve the parliament was an executive decision within its powers in line with the ruling of the Supreme Constitutional Court," official news agency MENA quoted a statement issued by the SCAF as saying.

The military council, which ruled the country for a transition period after toppling former president Hosni Mubarak, affirmed the their alignment from the beginning to the people's will.

The supplementary constitutional declaration was issued on June 17 to fix the powers and tasks of state institutions and the armed forces until approving the new constitution, the statement added.

"To publicize false rumors and accusation over SCAF's deals is dangerous to the national interests," the SCAF said, with confidence that all state institutions would respect the supplementary constitutional declaration.

The SCC ruled on June 14 that the People's Assembly was null and void as some articles of the parliament election law were unconstitutional. The then-ruling military council ordered the dissolution of the People's Assembly following the verdict and retook legislative powers.

However, the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and other Islamists have rejected the dissolution of parliament.