(HAARETZ) A constitutional court ruling on Thursday means that the whole of the lower house of Egypt’s parliament will be dissolved and a new election will have to be held, the court’s head Farouk Soltan told Reuters by telephone after the ruling was issued.

The court also gave Ahmed Shafik, Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister, green light to continue his bid for Egypt’s presidency, when ruled against a law that would have thrown him out of the race.

“The ruling regarding parliament includes the dissolution of the lower house of parliament in its entirety because the law upon which the elections were held is contrary to rules of the constitution,” Soltan said, speaking two days before another election to pick a new president.

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