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Egyptian parliament reinstated

Monday, July 09, 2012 - 01:08

July 9 - New Egyptian President reinstates parliament after it was resolved last month. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Egypt's new president Mohamed Mursi ordered a parliament dominated by his Islamist party to reconvene on Sunday (July 8), challenging the authority of the generals who had dissolved the assembly in line with a court order. The court ordered the lower house of parliament dissolved on June 14 after finding fault with the election process. The generals implemented the decision two days later, a move the Brotherhood has challenged in another court. Yasser Ali, aide to president, said parliament would be reconvened with full powers until an early election is held. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic - approximate translation), YASSER ALI, AIDE TO EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT, SAYING: "After looking into the decision of the head of the supreme military council, number 350 of 2012, the President decided: First, to withdraw the decision number 350 of 2012 to dissolve the parliament as of 15 June 2012; Second, the return of the elected parliament to convene and exercise its powers as stated in the constitutional announcement issued on 30 March 2011; Third, holding early parliamentary elections within 60 days from the date when the people accept the referendum over the new constitution." Mursi's decree appeared to catch off-guard the generals who handed power to him on June 30. State media said the army's supreme council held an emergency meeting and a council member, declining to be named, told Reuters the generals had not been given prior warning.

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Egyptian parliament reinstated

Monday, July 09, 2012 - 01:08