Protest Delays Egypt Court Ruling

    Hundreds of supporters of Egypt's president Mohammed Morsi protest outside a top Egyptian court on December 2, 2012 in Cairo, forcing judges to postpone a hearing on a constitutional panel at the heart of a deepening political crisis. The Supreme Constitutional Court had not even begun sitting when it called an "administrative delay" to the session that would have also looked into the status of the Islamist-dominated senate. Any rulings would have escalated a crisis with Islamist President Morsi, who in a decree barred the court from examining the case, before the panel adopted the constitution two days ago.          AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA        (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    So much for civil society. Hundreds of supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi gathered Sunday to block a meeting by the country’s top court on a new draft constitution. The protesters want to prevent any attempt to question the document’s legality. The president, who has been the subject of opposition protests ever since he seized broad new powers in recent weeks, has called for a constitutional referendum on Dec. 15. Morsi’s opponents have said that the constitution has serious flaws, but the document has received support from the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood party.

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