(Apr. 16, 2012) On April 10, 2012, the Egyptian Administrative Judicial Court issued a decision suspending the constitutional panel. The suspended panel included 100 members, half of whom were parliamentarians representing Islamic interest groups including the al Jama'a al Salafiah, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the al Jama'a Islamiah.
In its ruling, the Court stated that there is an apparent conflict of interest: Members of Parliament do not have the authority to participate in a panel that will draft a constitution defining the powers of the legislative branch. The Court therefore banned Members of Parliament from serving on the constitutional panel and assigned parliamentarians to select experts and individuals who do not belong to the legislative branch to join the panel. The Court also stated that the manner in which the members of the panel were picked violated article 60 of the Constitutional Declaration approved in a vote in March 2011.
The case has been referred to the Supreme Administrative Court, which is the appellate court that reviews the decisions issued by the Administrative Judicial Court. (The Administrative Court Kills the Constitutional Panel and Grabs It from the Islamists [in Arabic], THE DOSTOR DAILY NEWSPAPER (Apr. 10, 2012).)