Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Egypt's parliament reconvenes

Reports have emerged that Egypt's parliament has briefly reconvened, despite the country's Supreme Constitutional Court's decision to dissolve the assembly. Egypt's new President Mohammed Morsi ordered the assembly to meet in defiance of the ruling.

Just days ago, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) said the decision to dissolve the parliament must be upheld. The military closed parliament last month after the Supreme Court ruling.

Analyst speculate that this could be the first real confrontation between the military and the new president since he was sworn in a week ago.

Speaker Saad al-Katatni said that by holding the assembly, MPs were not contradicting the ruling "but looking at a mechanism for the implementation of the ruling of the respected court. There is no other agenda today".

MPs approved Katatni's proposal that the parliament seek legal advice from a high appeals court on how to implement the Supreme Court's decision. He then adjourned the session.

Sources: BBC News, Reuters, Bloomberg
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