The High Constitutional Court considered Tuesday the constitutionality of the upper house of Parliament, known as the Shura Council.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was criticized for a power grab last year that supporters said helped advance the democratic processes in the country. A draft constitution was criticized for its enshrining of certain Islamic principles but passed a national referendum.
Maher el-Baheiry, the chief judge on the constitutional court, was quoted by Egyptian news agency al-Ahram as saying "the court will remain the guardian of the constitution and the law."
Morsi became the first president elected in a democratic vote in Egyptian history last year. His opponents have expressed concern about the role Islam plays in his administration. He is a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Parliamentary elections are scheduled for April. Moderate Islamic party Wasat said Tuesday it was reaching out to its counterparts with the aim of forming a centrist electoral alliance for the upcoming elections, reports al-Ahram.
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