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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Egyptian parliament reconvenes, defying army

Egypt parliament reconvenes defying army order

Egypt’s court halts presidential decree reinstating parliament


CAIRO, July 10-Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court on Tuesday suspended a presidential decree reinstating the dissolved People’s Assembly (lower house of parliament), state television reported.




Egypt parliament reconvenes defying army order

Egypt’s parliament reconvened on Tuesday, despite the military council’s order last month that it be dissolved due to its unconstitutionality.

The new President Mohammed Morsi opened parliament on Saturday in defiance of a military order based on a Supreme Constitutional Court ruling that the results of Egypt’s first democratic election were unconstitutional.

In the election, the Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi’s power base, came out on top.

In the reopened parliament, speaker Saad al-Katatni proposed that the parliament seek another court’s ruling on whether the new parliament is legally valid.

Late last month, the military turned over governing power to President Morsi, but it is insisting it still holds power to make laws and approve budgets in the absence of a parliament.
Jul. 10, 2012 – Updated 13:49 UTC (22:49 JST)



Egyptian parliament reconvenes, defying army

Egypt’s Islamist-led parliament reconvened on Tuesday in an open challenge to the generals who dissolved the assembly last month, stirring up tensions with the military just 10 days into Mohamed Mursi’s presidency.
Mursi, the first civilian president to take office after six decades of military men in power, recalled the assembly on Sunday. The body, dominated by Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood group and other allies, was dismissed by the army in line with a court ruling issued days before Mursi’s election.

Shortly before parliament speaker Saad al-Katatni opened the session, the United States urged all sides to engage in talks to safeguard the political transition in Egypt, a close U.S. ally in the three decades under ousted Hosni Mubarak’s rule.

“I invited you to convene in accordance with the decree issued by the president,” said Katatni, who like Mursi hails from the Brotherhood. “I would like to confirm that the presidential decree does not violate the court order.

The dispute is part of a broader power struggle which could take years to play out. It pits the Brotherhood, which was repressed by Mubarak and his predecessors, against the generals seeking to keep their privileges and status and a wider establishment still filled with Mubarak-era officials.

The parliament was elected over the course of six weeks beginning in November, under a complex voting procedure which the court later ruled was unconstitutional, declaring the lower house void.

The then-ruling military said that meant the parliament had to be dissolved, but Mursi’s supporters say it should still be allowed to work until early elections are held after a new constitution is passed.