Unsuccessful presidential candidate and senior academic Dr. Abdullah Al-Ashaal has criticised the rulings of Egypt's Constitutional Court on the law of political isolation and the country's parliamentary legitimacy. "The rulings," claims Dr. Al-Ashaal, "have come at a very politically sensitive time and are in the interests of the counter-revolutionaries."
In an exclusive statement, the Professor of International Relations told Quds Press, "I think that SCAF [the ruling military council] will not apply the court's decision on the legitimacy of one-third of the members of parliament." Such a scenario, he said, would lead to a political vacuum and the whole People's Assembly will have to be re-elected, "unless SCAF wants to retain legislative authority".
Although Al-Ashaal believes that the "unconstitutional" law of political isolation should have been applied from the beginning, he said that it is clear that things are moving towards tipping the balance in favour of Ahmed Shafiq. "That is the strategic objective of the military council, achieved through fraudulent means; it looks as if the popular revolution in Egypt is breathing its last."