Egypt’s Islamist-led parliament has reconvened in a challenge to the generals who dissolved the assembly last month.
The chamber is dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement of new President Mohamed Morsi, who decreed it should sit again.
Security forces guarding the building did not intervene to stop members entering for a brief session, boycotted by some liberal and secular MPs.
Those present agreed to seek legal advice on the ruling by Egypt’s top court that parliament was elected under rules that violated the constitution.
The sitting stirs up tensions with the military just days into Morsi’s presidency amid a broader power struggle in post-Mubarak Egypt which could take years to play out.