Egypt plunged into political turmoil Thursday after the country's supreme court ruled that the Islamist-led Parliament must be immediately dissolved.
The country's highest court ruled that last year's parliamentary election was unconstitutional, with one third of the seats "illegitimate".
The ruling came days before Egypt's presidential election run-off.
In a separate politically charged ruling, the supreme court also decided that former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq could continue to run for president in the June 16-17 presidential run-off election, rejecting as unconstitutional a law that would have blocked senior Mubarak-era officials from the presidential race.
Shafiq is contesting against the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Mursi in a tight run-off.
Earlier this month, the country's deposed military ruler Hosni Mubarak was convicted of complicity in the deaths of protesters during the revolution that led to his ouster in February last year, and was sentenced to life in prison.
by RTT Staff Writer
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