September 20, 2014
CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's rebellion of the judges against President Mohammed Morsi is complete.
The country's highest court declared an open-ended strike on Sunday. That was the day it was supposed to rule on the legitimacy of two key assemblies controlled by allies of the Islamist leader.
The strike by the Supreme Constitutional Court and opposition plans to march on the presidential palace on Tuesday take the country's latest political crisis to a new level.
Judges across the country have suspended work to protest what they perceive as Morsi's assault on the judiciary.
The standoff began when Morsi issued decrees on Nov. 22 giving him near-absolute powers. He granted himself and the Islamist-dominated assembly drafting the new constitution immunity from the courts.
The constitutional panel then raced in a marathon session last week to vote on the charter without the participation of liberal and Christian members. That pre-empted a decision from the Supreme Constitutional Court that was widely expected to dissolve the constituent assembly.