Egyptian court orders dissolution of Bar Association council

An Egyptian court ordered on Wednesday the dissolution of the Bar Association council and invalidated the results of the May 2009 elections.

The State Council’s Administrative Court based its ruling on a January Supreme Constitutional Court ruling that overturned a law used by President Hosni Mubarak's regime to interfere in trade union affairs, judicial sources told Al-Masry Al-Youm.

The Supreme Constitutional Court issued a landmark ruling on 2 January, scrapping Law 100/1993, which put trade union elections in the hands of the judiciary without regard for the internal trade union laws organizing elections.

According to the Administrative Court’s decision, a judiciary committee will be charged with administering Bar Association affairs until new elections are held.

Recently, lawyers filed a lawsuit to dissolve the Bar Association council. Some lawyers also launched a campaign last month to demand the withdrawal of confidence from the council, which is headed by Hamdi Khalifa.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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