The opposition has said it will continue to challenge the document and will demand amendments to disputed articles once it joins the parliament. Elections are expected to be called within two months; but any modification of the charter would require a two-thirds majority of lawmakers to request a change, to then be put to a referendum.
The top court has repeatedly been at loggerheads with the Muslim Brotherhood as it has gained power after the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. During military rule, the court, which is packed with Mubarak appointees, ordered the dissolving of the Islamist-dominated parliament.
In a separate case, a Cairo court on Tuesday acquitted a fiercely anti-Brotherhood TV presenter who was on trial over accusations of insulting Morsi and suggesting it was permissible to kill him.
In relation to the incitement charges, the court said Tawfiq Okasha was using ‘‘general language’’ not directed at the president. As for the insulting charges, the court said, according to the new constitution, freedom to criticize is guaranteed as long as there is not libel and that Okasha was not insulting.
Okasha’s TV station has been off air since the case was filed against him in August.