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Egyptians divided over Parliament reinstatement

Monday, July 09, 2012 - 01:24

Jul 9 - Egyptians have conflicting reactions to President Mohamed Mursi's decision to reconvene parliament in a move that highlights the power struggle with military leaders. Lindsey Parietti reports.

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A military graduation in Egypt's capital. Newly-elected President Mohamed Mursi attends the ceremony amid a challenge to the military with his decision to reconvene the country's parliament.. The surprise move reverses a military council order dissolving the lower house after the nation's highest court ruled an elections law unconstitutional. Some see it as a sign the new president will flout the law to impose his agenda. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic)) EGYPTIAN WOMAN, SYLVIA, SAYING: "At the very least this is a lack of respect for the decision of the court. And we are supposed to be a nation of laws, and we are supposed to respect the laws of the day." Others praise Mursi for standing up to military rulers in power since the 2011 revolution. (SOUNDBITE).(Arabic)) EGYPTIAN MAN, AHMED MOSLEM, SAYING: "We, thirty million Egyptians, elected a People's Assembly, and it will not do for the Military Council and its chosen judges to just, at the stroke of a pen, say that this parliament is dissolved." By law, Supreme Constitutional Court decisions cannot be challenged. Mursi's decision is part of what is likely to be a long power struggle in Egypt's fledgling democracy. Lindsey Parietti

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Egyptians divided over Parliament reinstatement

Monday, July 09, 2012 - 01:24