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Egypt's election commission suspends vote

Thursday - 3/7/2013, 4:36pm  ET

Egyptian protesters react from a tear gas canister fired by riot police, not pictured, during clashes near a state security building in Port Said, Egypt, Thursday, March 7, 2013. Clashes between protesters and police continued into a fifth day on Thursday in the restive Egyptian city of Port Said. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's electoral commission says it has suspended parliamentary elections and canceled the dates of the vote after a court ordered a stop to the elections.

The country's electoral committee says in a statement issued late Thursday that the timetable set earlier for the parliamentary vote is no longer valid.

It says the decision was made after Cairo Administrative Court issued a ruling on Tuesday saying the Islamist-dominated transitional parliament had improperly pushed through a law organizing the elections without allowing the Supreme Constitutional Court to review it.

The court annulled a decree by Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi calling for the election.

The cancellation of the vote was welcomed by Morsi's opposition which had decided to boycott the vote.

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