Istiqlal Party challenges court ban
Magdy Hussien Head of the Istiqlal Party - YOUM7/Khaled Biomy
By AMIRA EL-FEKKI

CAIRO: The Cairo Court of Appeal in Urgent Matters will look into the case of dissolving the Muslim Brotherhood affiliated Istiqlal Party Nov. 8, state-owned Egynews reported Saturday.

The party is member of the National Alliance Supporting Legitimacy (NASL) which was formed following the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi, combining pro-Brotherhood groups which consider the current regime a military coup d’état led by now-President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

On Aug. 29, the court for Urgent Matters ordered the dissolution of the party on the grounds that it was founded on religious grounds, which is a violation of the constitution adopted in January 2014.

On Oct. 30, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab urged the execution of the court decision regarding the ban of the party, but the party’s legal committee countered in a press statement on their official Facebook page that Mahlab’s orders were not legally plausible because the verdict was not final, adding that the party had already challenged the verdict and that there was a scheduled court session for Saturday.

The Istiqlal party’s claims are based on alleged legal errors. Following the first verdict, Deputy Secretary-General and official spokesperson of the party Dia’a Sawy told The Cairo Post that the party was not informed of the lawsuit in process, and that they were going to declare the non-applicability of the court ruling, and that such cases fall under the responsibility of the Higher Administrative Court.

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