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Egypt supreme court says parliament should be dissolved

14 June 2012 Last updated at 22:53 BST

Egypt's supreme court has caused outrage by calling for the dissolution of the lower house of parliament and for fresh elections.

It has ruled that last year's parliamentary election was unconstitutional, deciding that one third of the seats were "illegitimate".

In a separate ruling, the supreme court also decided that former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq could continue to run for president in the June 16-17 election, rejecting as unconstitutional a law that would have barred him from standing.

Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports from Cairo.