Ruling on Egyptian constitutional assembly postponed after protest

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By Sarah Barchus

The Egyptian constitutional court postponed its ruling on the legitimacy of the constitutional assembly after Islamist protesters blocked the entrance to the courthouse on Sunday, the New York Times reported.

The court said in a statement that it will not hold any sessions until they can do so "without any psychological or physical pressures," the Cable News Network reported.

The court blamed the Islamists for using intimidation tactics but the Islamists said the court was just making excuses for not doing its job, the New York Times reported.

The draft was pushed through Friday by the constitutional assembly, which feared that the court might dissolve the assembly before it could finish the draft, the New York Times reported.

The postponing follows President Mohamed Morsy's power-grabbing edict, which put his law and the constitutional assembly out of the court's reaches until the new constitution was written, CNN reported.

Morsy announced a Dec. 15 constitutional referendum on Saturday and both protesters and supporters gathered in the streets to voice their opinions, CNN reported.

The constitution is "mixed" in the way it addresses human rights, according to a report from the international Human Rights Watch group, the New York Times reported. For example, the preamble says that women are equal to men, but it also emphasizes their role as mothers, CNN reported.

The constitution also contains a provision that would effectively serve to remove Judge Gebal, who is concerned by the rise of Islamists, who greatly support Morsy, from the bench, the New York Times reported.

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