Egypt's top court was expected to make a ruling on the legitimacy of the Islamist-dominaed panel that drafted the country's new constitution on Saturday, but because of protests they decided to suspend operations indefinitely. The country has been in an uproar since Morsi gave himself power above the courts until a constitution was passed, and a parliament was voted in.
Islamist supporters of President Mohamed Morsi protested outside the courthouse when the judges were expected to give their ruling. Instead, the Supreme Constitutional Court said it is "suspending the court’s sessions" until they can work without the "psychological and physical pressures," of protests on their front door. They were expected to rule on whether or not the Constitutional panel mostly populated by Morsi-supporters was legitimate or not after representatives of Egypt's other secular interests quit the group over what would make up the country's new Constitution. Smaller courts have already suspended operations because of Morsi's recent decree. Even without the court's consent, Morsi ruled the Constitution would go to a public referendum on December 15.
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