Egyptian court suspends work to protest Morsi move

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Egyptian court suspends work to protest Morsi move

Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi. (AP photo)

CAIRO (AP) – Egyptian state television says the country’s highest appeal court has decided to suspend its work nationwide to protest the president’s decrees giving himself nearly absolute powers.

It says Wednesday’s decision was made by judges of the Cassation Court who said they would not return to work until President Mohammed Morsi rescinded his decrees.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court has rejected charges made by the Islamist president that it is working to bring down his government.

The court’s move, in a statement released today, is likely to stoke the political turmoil triggered by Morsi’s decree last week that put him, the lower house of parliament and the constituent assembly above judicial review.

Both bodies are dominated by Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists.

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