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Egypt court delays key ruling amid protests

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CAIRO (AP) -

A court in Egypt is putting off a ruling that will affect how the country is governed in the years ahead.

At issue is whether a panel that has been given the job of writing the country's new constitution is legal. The panel is led by members of the Muslim Brotherhood. And during today's tense court session, Islamists protested outside the courtroom and squabbled with rival lawyers inside.

The ruling will determine whether it's the Brotherhood or the nation's military who oversees the process of writing a constitution.

The case is the latest front in a power struggle since a Brotherhood member won last month's presidential election.

The current 100-member constitutional assembly is led by the Brotherhood and other Islamists. If the court orders it disbanded, the military -- which took power after last year's ouster of Hosni Mubarak -- would create the new panel.

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