By Jailan Zayan | AFP –
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has ordered the return of the dissolved parliament, in a challenge to the powerful military that had enforced a court decision to disband the Islamist-led legislature.
Morsi on Sunday issued a presidential decree annulling the decision taken last month to dissolve the People’s Assembly and invited the chamber to convene again.
The decree also stipulates the organisation of new parliamentary elections two months after the approval by referendum of the country’s new constitution and the adoption of a new law regulating parliament.
Morsi’s move was likely to heighten tensions with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), which ruled the country after president Hosni Mubarak was toppled by a popular uprising and until Morsi was sworn in last month.
The SCAF, headed by Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi convened an urgent meeting “to discuss the presidential measures” state television said.
“Morsi says to SCAF: Check mate,”