JERUSALEM, Israel -- Newly elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi ordered parliament to reconvene, reversing last month's order to dissolve the legislature and hold new elections.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) -- the interim military government that took power when Mubarak resigned last year -- dissolved the lower house of parliament after the Supreme Constitutional Court ruled the legislative elections employed an unconstitutional method.
SCAF's decision angered supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party and the Salafist al-Nour Party, which held protest rallies in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Together, the two Islamist parties won 70 percent of the seats in the lower and upper parliament in last December's elections.
The Muslim Brotherhood said any decision to dissolve parliament should be put to a national referendum. The group claimed SCAF did not have a legal right to dissolve parliament and also criticized the court's decision on the constitutionality of the elections.
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According to al-Jazeera, Morsi attempted to restore the parliament without openly defying the nation's high court by cancelling SCAF's executive order but directly contradicting the court's decision. Morsi also called for new legislative elections within 60 days after the government adopted a new constitution.
The Islamist-dominated legislature had already appointed members of a constitutional committee to draft a new constitution. Morsi won the presidency by a slim margin, defeating Ahmed Shafiq, who served as prime minister in the Mubarak government.
Some Egyptians were relieved with the decision to dissolve parliament, fearing the Islamist-dominated legislature would transform the country into an Islamic Republic, thereby endangering secularists, liberals and the Christian minority.