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Egyptian opposition protests over new constitution

Egypt's top court was to rule whether Egypt's Islamist-dominated Senate should be dissolved as well as on the validity of a panel that wrote the country's controversial constitution

Egyptian opposition protests over new constitution
Egyptian opposition protesters gather in front of the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) on the banks of the Nile in Cairo ahead of a court rule on the legality of an Islamist-dominated panel that drafted the country's constitution, on January 15, 2013. Egypt's top court was to rule whether Egypt's Islamist-dominated Senate should be dissolved as well as on the validity of a panel that wrote the country's controversial constitution. (AFP/Getty Images)
Egyptian opposition protests over new constitution
Egyptian riot policemen cordon off the area of the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) on the banks of the Nile in Cairo ahead of a court rule on the legality of an Islamist-dominated panel that drafted the country's constitution, on January 15, 2013. Egypt's top court was to rule whether Egypt's Islamist-dominated Senate should be dissolved as well as on the validity of a panel that wrote the country's controversial constitution. Dozens staged a sit-in overnight outside the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) on the banks of the Nile in Cairo, as riot police formed a cordon around the building. (AFP/Getty Images)
Egyptian opposition protests over new constitution
Egyptian opposition protesters gather in front of the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) on the banks of the Nile in Cairo ahead of a court rule on the legality of an Islamist-dominated panel that drafted the country's constitution, on January 15, 2013. Egypt's top court was to rule whether Egypt's Islamist-dominated Senate should be dissolved as well as on the validity of a panel that wrote the country's controversial constitution. (AFP/Getty Images)
Egyptian opposition protests over new constitution
An Egyptian opposition protester holds a tire symbolizing President Mohamed Morsi's nickname 'spare tire' during a gathering in front of the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) on the banks of the Nile in Cairo in support of a court rule on the legality of an Islamist-dominated panel that drafted the country's constitution, on January 15, 2013. Egypt's top court was to rule whether Egypt's Islamist-dominated Senate should be dissolved as well as on the validity of a panel that wrote the country's controversial constitution. Morsi earned this nickname because he was Muslim Brotherhood's backup candidate behind Mahmoud Ezzat and Khairat el-Shater who was disqualified by election authority. (AFP/Getty Images)
Egyptian opposition protests over new constitution
Egyptian opposition protesters gather in front of the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) on the banks of the Nile in Cairo ahead of a court rule on the legality of an Islamist-dominated panel that drafted the country's constitution, on January 15, 2013. Egypt's top court was to rule whether Egypt's Islamist-dominated Senate should be dissolved as well as on the validity of a panel that wrote the country's controversial constitution. (AFP/Getty Images)
Egyptian opposition protests over new constitution
An Egyptian opposition protester holds a placard in front of the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) on the banks of the Nile in Cairo in support of a court rule on the legality of an Islamist-dominated panel that drafted the country's constitution, on January 15, 2013. Egypt's top court was to rule whether Egypt's Islamist-dominated Senate should be dissolved as well as on the validity of a panel that wrote the country's controversial constitution. (AFP/Getty Images)
Egyptian opposition protests over new constitution
An Egyptian opposition protester holds a banner in front of the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) on the banks of the Nile in Cairo ahead of a court rule on the legality of an Islamist-dominated panel that drafted the country's constitution, on January 15, 2013. Egypt's top court was to rule whether Egypt's Islamist-dominated Senate should be dissolved as well as on the validity of a panel that wrote the country's controversial constitution. (AFP/Getty Images)
Egyptian opposition protests over new constitution
Egyptian riot policemen cordon off the area of the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) on the banks of the Nile in Cairo ahead of a court rule on the legality of an Islamist-dominated panel that drafted the country's constitution, on January 15, 2013. Egypt's top court was to rule whether Egypt's Islamist-dominated Senate should be dissolved as well as on the validity of a panel that wrote the country's controversial constitution. Dozens staged a sit-in overnight outside the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) on the banks of the Nile in Cairo, as riot police formed a cordon around the building. (AFP/Getty Images)