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Egypt's high court shuts down indefinitely
 
Supporters of Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi celebrate his victory Sunday: As promised, Morsi resigned from the Brotherhood, saying he serves all of Egypt.
Supporters of Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi celebrate his victory Sunday: As promised, Morsi resigned from the Brotherhood, saying he serves all of Egypt.
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After supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi prevented judges from entering the country's top court on Sunday, the judiciary said it was suspending its work indefinitely to "protest psychological and physical pressures." The court's decision is the latest turn in a worsening political crisis between President Mohammed Morsi and his Islamist allies against the mostly secular opposition. The standoff began on Nov. 22 when Morsi granted himself sweeping powers, including making his decisions immune from court review and prohibiting the dissolution of a panel drafting Egypt's new constitution. The Islamist-dominated panel rushed to finalize the document last week without the participation of liberal and Christian members. The fast-track hearing preempted a decision expected from the court on Sunday on whether to dissolve the committee. On Saturday, Morsi announced a referendum on the draft charter for Dec. 15, despite opposition protests and questions about the document's legitimacy.

 

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