State agency representing Egypt president loses appeal, high court upholds election suspension

Egypt's state news agency says that a government legal agency representing President Mohammed Morsi has lost an appeal to reverse a court-ordered suspension of parliamentary elections.

MENA reported Sunday that the ruling by the Supreme Administrative Court to uphold the suspension was final. The polls had been set to begin this month.

Egyptian State Lawsuits Authority had filed the appeal after a lower court ruled in early March that the law governing the elections was illegal and that its passage by the Islamist-dominated temporary parliament was procedurally improper.

The president's Muslim Brotherhood party was pushing to hold elections for the law-making body now, saying it is essential for stability and a transition to democracy.

The opposition had expressed concerns, however, that the election law allowed for gerrymandering by the Brotherhood-dominated parliament.