Egypt's election commission suspends parliamentary election after court order

Egypt's electoral commission says it has suspended parliamentary elections and canceled the dates of the vote after a court ordered a stop to the elections.

The country's electoral committee says in a statement issued late Thursday that the timetable set earlier for the parliamentary vote is no longer valid.

It says the decision was made after Cairo Administrative Court issued a ruling on Tuesday saying the Islamist-dominated transitional parliament had improperly pushed through a law organizing the elections without allowing the Supreme Constitutional Court to review it.

The court annulled a decree by Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi calling for the election.

The cancellation of the vote was welcomed by Morsi's opposition which had decided to boycott the vote.