Egypt’s military-backed supreme court froze a decree issued by President Mohammed Morsi reinstating the Islamist-led parliament, just hours after it reconvened.
From The Telegraph, By Magdy Samaan, Cairo and Adrian Blomfield, 10 Jul 2012 -
Suggesting that a compromise had been reached, soldiers guarding Cairo’s parliament buildings made no effort to prevent MPs from entering. In return, legislators avoided addressing parliamentary business and instead approved a procedural motion to lodge a formal appeal against a decision by the military-backed supreme court upholding an earlier ruling dissolving parliament.
Tuesday’s session and subsequent court ruling suggests that the struggle between the generals and the Islamists is likely to become a protracted affair. MPs had earlier said they would hold further sessions of parliament until a new court ruling is made in an attempt to assert their authority.
Shortly before Mr Morsi took power last month, the military council that managed Egypt’s transition after the fall of Hosni Mubarak assumed legislative powers for itself after the Supreme Court stunned the country by ordering parliament’s dissolution.
With parliament dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, which nominated Mr Morsi as its presidential candidate, the move was seen as an attempt by the military to curb the power of Egypt’s resurgent Islamists.
But Mr Morsi fought back, countermanding the court’s ruling and ordering parliament to reconvene.
Neither side appears to have enough power to displace the other, with the armed force’s military strength equalled by the Muslim Brotherhood’s formidable organisational ability to harness the support of the streets.
The result is an enforced détente while each sides considers its options, according to observers.
“The army will not use its power against the president or undertake a military coup and the president will not use his power against the [military council],” said Hasan Nafaa, a political analyst.