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Morsi Orders Parliament Reinstated
July 9, 2012

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Mohammed Morsi, the newly elected President of Egypt, has ordered Parliament back into session.

The call was a clear statement against the country's ruling generals, who, after a high court ruling ordering one-third of MPs were elected illegally, dissolved the entire Parliament and assumed legislative authority for themselves. The generals, known as the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, met in urgent session in response to Morsi's call but declined to issue a statement before another meeting took place.

It was not quite clear whether Morsi had the authority to recall Parliament. The generals removed most of the President's powers on the eve of the runoff election won by Morsi over former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq.

Morsi also called for a new parliamentary election with two months after a national referendum to approve a new constitution. The constitution-writing process is in a state of flux at the moment. SCAF had vowed to appoint their own panel after a previous panel was unable to come up with any sort of governmental framework because of ideological differences.

All of these decisions are awaiting the outcome of appeals to the high court.

Meanwhile, U.S. President Barack Obama invited Morsi to a high-profile meeting in September, when Morsi will be attending a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.

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