Egypt's Constitutional Court rejects president's charge it seeks to bring down government

Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court has rejected charges made by the country's Islamist president that it is working to bring down his government.

The court's move, in a statement released Wednesday, is likely to stoke the political turmoil triggered by Mohammed Morsi's decree last week that put him, the lower house of parliament and the constituent assembly above judicial review.

Both bodies are dominated by Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists.

The court ruled in June to dissolve parliament's lower chamber, also dominated by Islamists. It is due to rule Sunday on the legality of the upper chamber and the panel writing the constitution, a main focus of the dispute between Morsi and the opposition, which has taken to the streets.

Morsi says the decrees are designed to protect state institutions.