Egypt Court Overrules President Over Parliament
Egypt’s Islamist-led parliament reconvened on Tuesday in an open challenge to the generals who dissolved it last month.
The supreme court swiftly ruled the newly elected, Islamist president had acted illegally in summoning the assembly, heightening a confrontation between the newly elected head of state and an establishment that once served Hosni Mubarak.
The legislature, dominated by President Mohamed Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood and allies, was dismissed by the army in line with a Supreme Constitutional Court ruling last month, days before Mursi’s election. Mursi, the first civilian leader to lead Egypt in 60 years, ordered parliament’s recall on Sunday.
In sign the standoff would not end swiftly, Brotherhood officials were quick on Tuesday to question the court’s right to rule against the president’s decree and vowing to fight on.