Egypt’s High Constitutional Court (HCC) on Tuesday issued a ruling suspending President Mohamed Morsi’s Sunday decree reinstating the People’s Assembly, the lower house of Egypt’s parliament.

 

Morsi’s executive decision to restore parliament’s lower house – one of his first acts as Egypt’s first freely-elected head of state – was met with considerable controversy.

In mid-June, the HCC declared a parliamentary elections law – which governed last year’s legislative polls – to be unconstitutional. The following day, Egypt’s then-ruling military council ordered the dissolution of the People’s Assembly.