Egyptian Constitutional Court suspends work

Updated: 2012-12-02 22:09


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CAIRO - Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court suspended its work indefinitely on Sunday, following protests against the court.

In a statement, the Supreme Constitutional Court cited " psychological and material pressures" on the court, referring to the demonstrations in central Cairo on Sunday.

Earlier Sunday, the Supreme Constitutional Court delayed its ruling over the legality of the Constituent Assembly which finalized a draft constitution with the dominance of Islamists.

The court had scheduled to rule on the legality of Constituent Assembly as well as the Shura Council (upper house) on Sunday, but judges were blocked by some 5,000 protesters outside the court.

The protesters also demanded the dissolution of the Supreme Court itself, official news agency MENA reported.

President Mohamed Morsi announced on Saturday that Egypt will hold a referendum on the draft constitution on December 15.