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Egypt's Morsi brings back parliament

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Egypt's Morsi brings back parliament


Egypt’s new president has ordered parliament to reconvene in a move likely to put him at odds with the country’s powerful army.

The Islamist-led lower house was elected after the fall of Hosni Mubarak. But generals dissolved it last month based on a ruling from the Supreme Court on election irregularities.

That was just days before Mohammed Morsi was voted in as president. Now he has called the MPs back and says they should convene until a new parliamentary election to be held within 60 days.

After dissolving parliament, the army granted itself sweeping new powers, prompting accusations it had orchestrated the situation to create a power vacuum in which to protect its own status.

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