Dissolution of parliament in Egypt

By Deborah Acosta

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  1. Just one year and a half after the Egyptian revolution shook the entire world, the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt dissolved the newly elected Egyptian parliament early Thursday, June 14, in what some have called a coup. 

    This comes at a time when Egypt is about to enter into a run-off presidential election between Mubarak's prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, and the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, Mohammed Morsi -- candidates who were finally confirmed by the court ruling.

    Now, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, SCAF, which has been running the country since Mubarak was pushed out, announced it will hold an "emergency meeting" to figure out what's next for Egypt.

    What follows is a sampling of what some activists, citizens, and journalists had to say about the ruling just as it occurred.

    The first breath of this on Twitter was around 8AM by @Youm7, a popular independent news organization in Egypt, which in Arabic tweeted something that roughly translated to:
  2. Then an Al Jazeera reporter based in Cairo confirmed:
  3. The court also confirmed Shafiq as a candidate for the presidential run-off election, an issue which had been debated:
  4. Then Egypt's state television made a bold announcement:
  5. Because of that, some began calling it a coup:
  6. Then a bit of confusion emerged about whether it was all of parliament or not, but eventually reports got it right. The entire Parliament was dissolved, not just one third.
  7. Once the news of full parliament dissolution was out, people began trying to make sense out of the situation.
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