Monday 23 October 2017

Egypt's MPs ordered back to parliament

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi looks on during a photo opportunity during his meeting with Turkish Ambassador to Egypt. Photo: AP
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi looks on during a photo opportunity during his meeting with Turkish Ambassador to Egypt. Photo: AP

Phoebe Greenwood in Cairo

Egypt's constitutional contest between the military and the Islamic political leadership was pitched back into crisis last night after Mohammed Morsi, the newly elected president, ordered the disbanded parliament to convene.

Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, who leads the council that had governed Egypt after Hosni Mubarak's overthrow, called an emergency meeting after Mr Morsi annulled a judicial order to disband the Islamic-dominated parliament.

The president's decision removes those legislative powers from the army council and returns the right to a parliament dominated by the party of Mr Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and its allies. A terse statement on the state news agency said the generals met to "study and discuss the repercussions of President Mohammed Morsi's decision to reconvene parliament".

The announcement is among the first steps Mr Morsi has taken as president and establishes a clear agenda to wrestle power from Egypt's generals.

"President Mohammed Morsi ordered the reconvening of sessions of the elected parliament," said the statement read by Mr Morsi's close aide, Yasser Ali.

It added that another election will be held within 60 days of a new constitution being approved by the nation in a public referendum. The charter is not expected to be drafted before the end of the year. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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